Thurber Lecture Archives

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

Thurber Conversations - Feb 2021, Lola Akinmade Åkerström

The Power of Asking Why Not: Unlocking Unconscious Bias in the Church
Tuesday 23 February at 19h30 via Zoom.

In a world that forces us to be one-dimensional, metaphorically asking “why not” can help us reflect, understand each other better, challenge the status quo and our unconscious biases, and personally motivate us, when doors are closed to us. This is the question that also frames the immigrant experience in Europe, and a challenge to the church to examine its heart and how it can better reflect the image of Christ.

Award-winning author and travel photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications such as National Geographic, BBC, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, amongst others. She has collaborated with many well-known brands - from Mercedes Benz and Dove to Intrepid Travel and National Geographic Channel and is the author of three books – award-winning Due North, international bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well (18 foreign language editions) and "In Every Mirror She's Black", coming September 2021. She earned a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography. She specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant that she was born to travel.

Born in Nigeria, Lola immigrated to the US when she was 16. Years later she married a Swede and immigrated again, this time to Sweden. Through each move her faith in God and love for others were a constant companion.

Lola's experience of navigating various cultures and societies, bumping into obstacles and assumptions about her along the way, helps us to consider the ways our own assumptions lead us to cultivate attitudes that create bias when encountering various people. Join us for a rich evening of exploring new ways of seeing and being as we seek to be the community that God intends for us to be.

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 - Feb 2021, Kathleen Dameron

From Racial Literacy to Racial Healing
Tuesday 16 February at 19h30 via Zoom.

George Floyd’s tortuous murder on 25 May, under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, captured on video, made it possible for millions of us to see this act of inhumanity “right before our own eyes.” Witnessing this act of violence has stirred the hearts and minds of “good people” who never before felt compelled to be part of the solution to racial violence and inequity. In cities all around the world, people have taken to their local streets calling for racial justice. If you are one of those “good people,” who has suddenly awakened to the reality of life for non-white people and are now looking for opportunities to learn, to evolve and to act in ways that move society along the continuum towards equality, equity, dignity, reparation and justice for all people, I invite you to step up and step out on your own journey in “Racial Literacy to Racial Healing.”

The invitation is ours as Christians, to explore our faith and prayer in order to heal racially as White people and Black people! On 16 February, we will travel together. After our interactive session, you will have an opportunity to continue working through a series of curated articles and questionnaires on-line.

Kathleen Dameron has dedicated her life to learning, personal development, and spiritual growth. She is a coach / facilitator between the White & the Black, and working across national cultures. Paris has been her home for 40 years. For 25 of these years, she led KD CONSEIL, a multicultural training and coaching firm serving Europe, China, India, and the US. She has often worked as the “only” Black in the room, except when she worked in Africa. She has deep experience and competency facilitating different cultures to work together in multinational companies and in executive MBA programs.

Since her childhood, she has been committed to studying, to personal development, and to spiritual growth. This is a watershed moment in human history. We truly have the opportunity to create a world of Justice, Equality, Dignity and Inclusion for all races. She wants to contribute her gifts to creating this world.