Upcoming and On-Demand Webinars
Westar Institute invites members and the general public into conversation with Westar scholars of religion throughout the year.

Upcoming Webinars

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.
Click here for the Zoom link to join.

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.

Register here.

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!

Register here.

October 20
7:30-9:00 PM
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).

Register here.

Recent On-Demand Webinars

The Westar Spring Meeting 2021
Uncovering and Recovering Religious Life
(Three Christianity Seminar II Sessions: Kateusz, Gulasci, and Panel Discussion)
March 17-20, 2021

Christianity Seminar Phase II Inaugural Meeting
Getting Behind Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History
(With David DeVore and Elizabeth Penland, $15.00)

The Historical Jesus and Liturgy of the Magdalene
(Ally Kateusz discusses women leaders and the rise of Christianity. $20.00)

The Political Jesus Session One
The Political Jesus and Paul
(Two-hour format with Perry Kea and Celene Lillie, $20.00)

The Political Jesus Session Two
The Art of Resistance: Jesus and Christ Communities
(Two-hour format with Perry Kea and Celene Lillie, $20.00)

Jesus: Ascension or Resurrection?
John Dominic Crossan

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