Thurber Lecture Archives

Thurber Conversation - 30 November 2021 - Freeing Jesus

Featuring Diana Butler Bass - - bestselling Christian author
Tuesday 30 November 19h30-21h in person and via Zoom.

How can you still be a Christian?

This is the most common question Diana Butler Bass is asked today. It is a question that many believers ponder as they wrestle with disappointment and disillusionment in their church experience, their interactions with other believers, and in their personal devotion to Christ. Some are choosing to leave the church, others are exiting their faith all-together, but Diana says there's a much better way...and the key is to Free Jesus.

Join us in conversation with Diana as she speaks to us about these concerns. Come and discover that Jesus is not a one-dimensional/static Savior, but a God who walks with us and helps through life's challenges in several capacities: as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence.

This special evening is our invitation to rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Him beyond the narrow confines we may have chosen to build around Him.

Diana Butler Bass is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America's most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality, especially where faith intersects with politics and culture.

Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

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Thurber Conversation - 26 October 2021 - Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence!

Featuring Shane Claiborne - founder of Red Letter Christians
Tuesday 26 October 19h30-21h via Zoom.

Parkland. Las Vegas. Dallas. Orlando. San Bernardino. Paris. Charleston. Sutherland Springs. Newtown. These cities are now known for the people who were shot and killed in them.

More Americans have died from guns in the US in the last fifty years than in all the wars in American history. With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the US own nearly half the world's guns. America also has the most annual gun deaths--homicide, suicide, and accidental gun deaths--at 105 per day, or more than 38,000 per year.

Some people say it's a heart problem. Others say it's a gun problem. Shane Claiborne believes it's both!
 

 Join us for a very special conversation with Shane as he examines one of most significant moral issues of our times...Violence. Come and discern what we can do as Christians to beat weapons of all varieties into gardening tools. Come and capture a vision of hope for a world that is weary of violence.

Shane Claiborne is a bestselling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” He writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, Executing Grace and Beating Guns. You can follow him on Twitter (@shaneclaiborne), on Facebook (ShaneClaiborne), and at www.redletterchristians.org.

Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures and Conversations here

Thurber Conversation - 21 September 2021 - The Post-Pandemic Church

Featuring Jim Winkler- President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the United States
Tuesday 21 September 19h30-21h in person and via Zoom.

to attend this Thurber conversation in person or via Zoom.

It's been 18 months since churches across the globe began to reinvent/restructure their ministries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We're continuing to meet and function differently here at ACP. The questions many ask concerning our future are these:

What will the Church look like when the pandemic abates?

What will we have learned, and how will we function differently?

What new visions for the Church is God seeking to inspire within us, post-pandemic?

 

Join us live/in person at ACP, or online via Zoom as we hear from and interact with Jim Winkler.  Jim is a whimsically wise church leader who will be sharing some of the insights and reflections he has gleaned through his consistent engagement with pastors and churches across the globe.

As president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches, Jim oversees an ecumenical partnership of thirty-eight Christian faith groups in the United States. Its member denominations, churches, conventions, and archdioceses include Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions – in a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square.

Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures and Conversations here

Remembering 9/11 – ACP in September 2001

Twenty years ago

Thurber Conversation - 9 September 2021 - Never Forget: 20 Years past 9/11

Featuring Larry and Carol Kalajainen, John Rogers, and Fred Gramann
Thursday 9 September 19h30-21h via Zoom.

Thursday 911 conversation

It's hard comprehend that twenty years have passed since the horrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, and yet most of us remember where we were, what we experienced, and the grief and loss that impacted us so profoundly.

At this special ACP Community Conversation, we will be hearing from former pastor Larry Kalajainen and his wife Carol, pastor John Rogers, and Fred Gramann - all of whom were serving ACP on 11 September 2001. This is a conversation you won't want to miss as you contemplate your own remembrances of the day and the weeks that followed.

Join us via Zoom as we learn of the outpouring of love that was showered upon the Church by the citizens of Paris, as we consider all of the pain and sorrow that needed tending to, and as we reflect upon the lessons that have been learned (or failed to learn) from this horrifying event.

Special note: ACP will hold a 9/11 Service of Remembrance on 11 September at 16h in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend. Register for the Remembrance Service here. A Pass Sanitaire is required to attend.

 

Thurber Conversations are an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures and Conversations here