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.”
Ongoing courses through the Pacific School of Religion
For the 2018-19 program year, we are starting a new partnership with the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) to host courses in their Theological Education for Leadership Program. More information on our Adult Education page.
Lecture Series Podcasts
Podcasts of lectures are available
In March 2018 The Lecture Series began making audio recordings of the lectures. Links to those podcasts are available here:
Oct 5-7, 2018 | Prophets & Passion: race, resistance and Prophetic Imagination with Drs. Sharon Jacob and Sharon Fennema
These lectures explored institutional racism past and present, here in the US and around the world, and discover new tools and practices centered in prophetic imagination to enable a world where we can all flourish. Recorded sessions include Friday evening, separate tracks of lectures on Saturday.
Jun 8, 2018 | In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahil Gibran with Paul Gordon-Chandler
Rev. Paul Gordon-Chandler spoke on June 8, 2018, sharing concepts from his book of the same name and answering questions from the audience. Rev Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, social entrepreneur, art curator and a U.S. Episcopal priest who has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years. He grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has worked extensively throughout the Islamic World in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief & development agencies and churches.
Mar 9-11, 2018 | Faith on the Move, with Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy
Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy joined us March 9 – 11 for a series of lectures which took a hopeful and practical look at our communities’ ability to refame critical conversations around immigration. Vasquez-Levy is president of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.
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
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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.