The Lecture Series at University Congregational Church, Seattle
The Lecture Series is a self-supporting program of University Congregational United Church of Christ.
Our mission is to bring leading Christian and non-Christian thinkers, writers, and teachers to the Seattle region to expand our understanding of what it means to be Christian today.
Our commitment is to encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits.
All are welcome! Please join us for an upcoming lecture. Details of upcoming lectures are available in the What’s Up Now section, under the category “The Lecture Series.”
Lectures 2007 – 2015
Oct 2015 | Diana Butler Bass | Author, speaker, independent scholar | Grounded
July 2015 | Jessica Jackley | Co-Founder, Kiva / Author, Clay Water Brick Author reading, co-presented with Mwanzo Proud Farmers
March 2015 | Lauren Winner | Episcopal priest, author, professor, Duke University | Wearing God: Clothing, Fire, Laughter and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God
Feb 2015 | Robin Meyers | Senior minister of Mayflower UCC church Oklahoma City | Beloved Community of Spiritual Resistance
Oct 2014 | Pamela Eisenbaum |Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver
Stephen J. Patterson | Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University Prostitutes, Virgins, and Androgynes: Sex and Gender in Early Christianity
June 2014 | Marcus Borg | Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon
John Dominic Crossan | Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Sister Joan Chittister | Member, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania | A Panel Discussion and Lecture | The Dream of God: A World of Justice and Non-Violence
Feb 2014 | Lauren Winner | Episcopal priest, author, professor, Duke University | Mudhouse Sabbath
Oct 2013 | Gretta Vosper | Pastor, West Hill United in Scarborough, Ontario | Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief
July 2013 | Reza Aslan | Author, speaker, Middle-East expert, founder of Aslan Media | Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
May 2013 | Thomas Reynolds | Associate Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College in Victoria College of Toronto University, Toronto Canada | Outside Inclusion: A Case for Care-Full Hospitality in the Church
Feb 2013 | Miroslav Volf | Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology / Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture | Allah: A Christian Response
Oct 2012 | John Bell | Preacher, teacher, liturgical composer, Scotland Spirituality and MusicFeb 2012Marcus Borg | Speaking Christian
Oct 2011 | Robin Meyers | Senior minister of Mayflower UCC church Oklahoma City | How I Became a Heretic With Help from Jesus
Oct 2011 | Diana Butler Bass | Chabraja Fellow Seabury Western Theological Seminary | Christianity After Religion
May 2011 | John J Thatamanil | Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions, Union Theological Society | Eucharist Upstairs, Yoga Downstairs
Feb 2011 | J. Phillip Newell | Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland |A New Harmony
Oct 2010 | John Shelby Spong | American Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Ret. |Eternal Life: A New Vision
April 2010 | Walter Brueggemann | William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary |The Drama of Rehabilitation
Feb 2010 | Amy Jill Levine | Vanderbilt University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Jesus | Judaism and Jewish Christian Relations
Oct 2009 | ohn Dominic Crossan | Paul: An Appealing or Appalling Apostle?Feb 2009Marcus Borg | Mysticism and the Christian Path
Feb 2008 | John Dominic Crossan | Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois | God and Empire, Celtic Christianity
Feb 2007 | Marcus Borg | Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon A Tale of Two Christianities
Books, DVDs and discussion groups
Currently available: Diana Butler Bass four-disc DVD set of her October lectures ‘Grounded: The Spiritual Revolution all around us.’ Cost is $39.00 plus $4 shipping. Inquire here.
We are committed to finding opportunities to continue the conversation after our lecture events. Read the books, join a discussion group, or use a DVD to lead your own classes and discussion groups.
Books can be pre-ordered through our bookselling partner, Secret Garden Books. Secret Garden is a local independent bookstore located in Ballard since 1977. Books can also be checked out of our UCUCC lending Library.
Discussion Groups: A Book Talk is scheduled along with each lecture event to either study the visiting lecturer’s books in advance or after the lecture. Look for Book Talk details listed with each event.
DVDs: Thanks to the generosity of our video partner, Northwest Video Edge, we are able to videotape lecture events for later viewing when given permission by the lecturer. A limited number of past events are available for order. When an event is videotaped, attendees can preorder the DVD. For more information about orders or use, contact us here.
Join our mailing list
Names are never shared and email updates are few – only when we have news to share. For those who prefer, a postal mailing is also available. Email us here to sign up.
Or write to us in care of: University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16 Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105
Thank you, Volunteers!
We are deeply grateful for the large community of volunteers who help make the Lecture Series possible. Volunteers help ensure a gracious welcome to all who attend lectures, provide nourishing cookies and fruit during events, and so much more. Thank you each and every one! Click here to volunteer at an upcoming event.
Finding new light in ancient traditions…
The Lecture Series has included many distinguished presenters, including those shown below.