2017 James W. White Lectureship Series
May 12 – 14, 2017
Save the dates for Peter Rollins
About Peter Rollins:
Peter Rollins is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret.
Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief Peter’s incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity attacks the distinction between sacred and secular, blurs the lines between theism and atheism and sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of a life before death.
Peter gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast and has earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA) and Post-Structural thought (PhD). He is the author of numerous books, including Insurrection, The Idolatry of God, and The Divine Magician. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently lives in Los Angeles and will die somewhere as yet not known.
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2016 JWW Lectureship Series Lecturer – Bishop Yvette Funder
- Click here to listen to Bishop Yvette Flunder’s magnificent sermon, from Sunday, May 1, 2016.
- Click here to listen to the open dialogue between Bishop Yvette Flunder and Rev. Ben Broadbent, from Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Bishop Yvette Flunder came to us with a “radically inclusive” agenda of compassion, aimed at getting everyone — gay, straight, black, white,
immigrant and native — at the table.
Bishop Flunder is a highly sought-after preacher and religious educator, speaking at divinity schools nationwide including those at Duke, Yale, Drew, and the New York Theological Seminary. She is the author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic Radical Inclusion.
Rev. Dr. James W. White served First Congregational from 1989 to 2005. His provocative and passionate ministry guided our congregation through a period of renewed witness in this community, encouraging and supporting an engaged spirituality. At every point Jim taught others to enter into a life of faith more fully and more richly, exploring and drawing upon Biblical and historical traditions. He was committed to relating wide-ranging lessons of historic Christian teachings to the complexities of contemporary life. Sharing his enthusiasm for reading and study, Jim often brought to our congregation’s attention thinkers whom he admired, often inviting them to speak from our pulpit for the benefit of our church and the wider community.
Gifts to the James W. White Lectures Endowment are still welcome and can be made to First Congregational Church, noting the James W. White Endowment in the memo section of the check.
To honor Jim’s ministry and legacy, FCC established the James W. White Endowed Lectures. In 2007, the inaugural lecture was given by Bishop John Shelby Spong, followed in subsequent years by Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor Bernard McGinn, Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Sister Joan Chittister, and Brian D. McLaren.