Thurber Lecture Archives

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.

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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.

Virtual Thurber Conversation - Jan 2021, Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson

Letters of Hope and Contention: Reading the Letters of Jeremiah 29
Tuesday 19 January at 19h30 via Zoom.

All are welcome at the January Virtual Thurber Conversation with Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson. As we journey forward into this new year, let us join together for prayer, fellowship, and learning.

Letters of Hope and Contention: Reading the Letters of Jeremiah 29. In this correspondence the prophet contends with those who would push a narrative of hope for a quick resolution to their current situation. Instead, the prophet expands the horizons of the future to an indefinite period, preferring instead to see Babylon as home and the place where God’s hope can be realized. What does it mean when hope takes on a different form than we expected?

Dr. Davidson, who preached for ACP on 27 December, will join us live from Chicago, where he is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Davidson is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Davidson is author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of the Book of Jeremiah, co-editor of Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations, and is currently co-authoring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed.

He is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He received an S.T.M. from Boston University, an M.A. from the University of the West Indies, and a Diploma of Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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

Virtual Thurber Conversation - Dec 2020, Dr. Salim J. Munayer

Encountering the Christ-Child Through My Enemy's Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine
Tuesday 8 December at 19h30 via Zoom, Live From Bethlehem!

ACP is honored to welcome Dr. Munayer as he shares his story of working toward peace and reconciliation in Israel-Palestine. Dr. Munayer is Executive Director of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, an organization he founded in 1990. For more than 25 years, Musalaha has been bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, facilitating reconciliation.

A Palestinian–Israeli born in Lod as one of six children, Salim received his B.A. from Tel Aviv University in History and Geography. After his B.A. graduation, Salim did graduate studies in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University. Salim then earned a M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the United Kingdom where his doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Ethnic Identity of Palestinian Arab Christian Adolescents in Israel.”

Salim has authored several books on Reconciliation, the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, Christians in Israel, and Christians under the Palestinian Authority. Salim’s most recent work is Through My Enemy’s Eyes, Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel–Palestine, co–authored with Lisa Loden. Salim served as academic dean of the esteemed Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008, and he continues there as professor. Salim is married to Kay and has four sons, Jack, Daniel, John and Sam.

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

Virtual Thurber Conversation - Nov 2020, Dr. Greg Garrett

Race, Film, and Hope: Living into Reconciliation by Dr. Greg Garrett
Tuesday 10 November at 19h30 via Zoom

Dr. Garrett's most recent book is A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford). In this powerful new book, after more than a century of cinema, he argues, movies have altered our cultural perspectives in the same way that religious narratives have. And in fact, religious traditions offer powerful correctives to our cultural narratives. A Long, Long Way incorporates both cinematic and religious truth-telling to the subject of race and reconciliation. In acknowledging the racist history of America's national art form, Garrett offers the possibility of hope for the future. His conversation with us will help us confront the ways film has often negatively portrayed minority groups thus reinforcing a racist narrative in our society and offer ways to lean into the healing and reconciliation God longs for us to know as a church.