Thurber Lecture Archives

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

Thurber Conversations - April 2021, Adam Hamilton

Thursday 15 April 19h30-21h via Zoom.

ACP is greatly blessed to welcome Adam Hamilton to our next Thurber Conversation. Adam is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He launched The Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990. It has since grown to over 22,000 adults and children under his leadership.

He has written over 30 books, including Words of Life, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life as well as Making Sense of the Bible.

More about Adam Hamilton here.

Plan to be present for this extraordinary opportunity.

 

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 Conversations - March 2021, Dr. Rod Wilson

Christians and Anger: Friend or Foe?
Tuesday 16 March 19h30-21h via Zoom.

The prolonged Covid-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for us to contend with as we continue to rearrange and cope with life in ways we don't want to. Bouts of depression, shortness of temper, lashing out, strained relationships, passive aggressive behavior, negative self-talk are all common experiences – and they all point to anger issues.

Although given and received, anger is rarely talked about by Christians, leading us to be confused with its appropriateness, bewildered as to whether it is sinful or not, and troubled by how to deal with it in helpful and life-giving ways.

Join on Tuesday, 16 March for a special Thurber Conversation with Dr. Rod Wilson, a pastor and clinical psychologist who has authored two books on anger- Exploring Your Anger and Helping Angry People.

Reading materials will be sent to all registrants ahead of our Thurber Conversation.  

Dr. Rod Wilson served as President of Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia from 2000-2015. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wilson pursued theological training after completing his doctoral work. He has been involved in the field of counselling and consulting for over thirty years. He is currently Teaching Pastor at Capilano Christian Community as well as Senior Advisor with A Rocha Canada, and consultant with various organizations. Dr. Wilson has also authored two award winning books, Counseling and Community and How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? Dr. Rod is enjoying life in Vancouver, BC with his wife Bev.

 

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