Lectures and Special Events

Fall 2017
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Bible Speaker Series Lectures (7:30-9:00 pm)
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Monday, Sept. 18

Our own Dr. Zach Flanagin on "The Bible and the Protestant Reformation"

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, launched when the German Augustinian monk and theologian Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Reformation was an effort to return to the scriptural inspiration of the Church and to purify the Church of elements that had crept into practice which were both scandalous and sinful. Luther was followed by reformers in others parts of Europe, among whom were Calvin, Zwingli, Cranmer, Menno Simons, and others. Professor Flanagin will discuss the central importance of the Bible in this historic movement. 


Tuesday, October 3

Dr. Shawn Copeland (Boston College) on "Three Biblical Narratives for the Present American Moment: Amos 5, Mark 14, Matthew 25"

From the sharp social analysis of the prophet Amos, to the misogyny and breach of hospitality in the Gospel of Mark, to the last judgment in the Gospel of Matthew, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures challenge the "present American moment"--the collapse in our country of basic human regard and respect. In this lecture, Dr. Shawn Copeland, visiting from Boston College, will explore these texts and tease out possible lessons for us today.


Wednesday, Nov. 15

Panel discussion by TRS faculty, facilitated by SMC's Dr. Michael Barram


All lectures in this series take place in the Moraga Room in Soda Center. Questions about the Bible Speaker Series?
Please contact Program Coordinator Zach Flanagin (dflanagi@stmarys-ca.edu). 

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