Upcoming at Westar

August 4
8:00-9:00 PM EST

Black First Ladies of the Black Church: An Evening with Dr. Terrance Dean
Praxis presents another Speaker Series event with Dr. Terrance Dean, discussing the roles of Black First Ladies of the Black Church. This will be explored within Black Religious Thought, Black Feminism, and Black Intellectualism.

This event is free and open to the public.
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September 15
7:00-9:00 PM EST

Capitalism Interrupted
The Think Tank examines capitalism’s origins in a Christian worldview and how capitalism has become a theological system. We also study the religious roots of movements that have countered capitalism: Social Gospel, Catholic Worker, United Farm Workers, and Civil Rights movements. Taking a longer view, we also ask, “Whatever happened to the communal sharing set forth in Acts?” “How did Jesus’ sharing food and resources with the multitude turn into trickle-down economics?”

This event is free and open to the public.
Register here.

September 23
7:30 -9:300 PM  EST

Infinite Canaan: Science, Religion, and the new Space Race
An Evening with Dr. Mary-Jane Rubenstein

This lecture seeks to explain the intensifying “NewSpace race” as a mythological project. In particular, it reveals the escalating desire to colonize other planets as a boundless extension of the particularly Christian style of “dominion” that globalized the Earth.

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September 29 Westar Enhanced Event

In Conversation with Shirley Paulson

Stay tuned for more info!

October 6
7:30-9:00 PM EST

Matthew in Dialogue with Jewish and Christian Voices: An Evening with Dr. R. Alan Culpepper

Best known for his work on the Gospel of John, Dr. Culpepper’s new research on the Gospel of Matthew is the topic of this Westar webinar.  One of the original members of the Jesus Seminar, Westar is excited to welcome him back!

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October 20
7:30-9:00 PM EST

Relation, Transience, and Injustice: Three Themes for Theology with Music with Dr. Dirk von der Horst

Some recent theologians, such as Jeremy Begbie, Philip Stoltzfus, and Ferdia Stone-Davis, use music as a way of thinking about theology in an embodied way. Taking the relational theology of Carter Heyward as a starting point, I will draw out three themes in theology of music – relation (manifest in musical harmony as well as ways in which music creates community), transience (manifest in the way music organizes time), and injustice (manifest in the ways music can serve damaging hierarchies as well as harmonious relations).

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Home of the Jesus Seminar, Westar is dedicated to:

    • advancing scholarship on the history and evolution of the Christian tradition
    • addressing the results of scholarship to questions that matter in society and culture.

Highlights from ONLINE Store

  • God Seminar Meeting from April 24
    Two sessions about the barycentric universe, plasma, and plasticity
  • The Meaning of James Cone
  • Preaching the Death of Jesus with Arthur Dewey.

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