Chill Summer Theology
Interesting theological topics and speakers abound this summer with pub theology programs offered virtually this year. Since both churches are offering their speakers on the same day, note that the sessions are recorded and are available for listening after the event.
At Saint Michael and All Angels:
Pub Theology is scheduled the following Mondays at 6:30 p.m., followed by Q&A.
Dr. Ken Wilgus, a psychologist who was formerly the Director of Psychology for the Child and Adolescent Department at the Minirth-Meier Clinic in Dallas, received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and Clinical Internship at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He received a Masters degree in School Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio after completing his Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.
Special LIVE music provided by Justin Brooks.
Pub Theology will meet Bishop Suffragan Kathryn M. Ryan, Regional Bishop in the West Region of the Diocese of Texas, on June 15 to hear about "Christianity and Politics!" Bishop Suffragan Ryan is the Executive for Ministry, overseeing the Commission on Ministry and the ordination process. She is also the Executive for World Mission and chairs the boards of the following diocesan institutions: El Buen Samaritano, St. Stephen's School, and Seminary of the Southwest. Nationally, she serves on the board of Episcopal Relief & Development and on the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.
Special LIVE music provided by Justin Brooks.
The last Pub Theology gathering of 2020 will be led by our own Rector Chris Girata and The Reverend Dr. Matthew Burdette, Rector of Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church in Dallas! Rector Burdette previously served at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Dallas, and Saint Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to ordained ministry, Matt completed his PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen, having written about the political eschatologies of Robert W. Jenson and James H. Cone. Matt lives with his wife, Evie. They have two cats and a lot of fun.
Special LIVE music provided by Paul Demer.
Theology Live is scheduled on the following Mondays and start at 7 p.m.
June 8, Brandon Cleaver: The Bible and Slavery: Why Do I Trust the Bible When it Was Used to Condone Slavery?
Brandon Cleaver graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Journalism and minor in Sociology. He recently completed a Master’s in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is currently working toward a Master’s of Divinity, Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Moody Theological Seminary. Brandon enjoys speaking on topics such as slavery in the Bible, culture/Christianity, ethics, urban issues, and various worldviews. For several years, Brandon served as co-chapter director for the Wayne State Ratio Christi chapter. He served on the Stephen Ministry leadership team at Kensington Community Church and occasionally serves alongside Inner City Detroit Cru. He also recently started a podcast called Across Contexts, which focuses on Contextual Apologetics, and is currently an RZIM Speaker.
Carrie is an evangelist and apologist who communicates the Gospel locally, nationally, and internationally. She works with all Christian denominations in the area of personal and congregational evangelism, equipping them to be the hands, feet, and mouthpieces for God in their everyday lives. She offers numerous workshops aimed to help individuals and churches grasp God’s specific vision for them to reach out in their local communities and beyond. Carrie received two graduate degrees in Theology, Evangelism, and Apologetics at Oxford University and is involved in numerous evangelistic movements including Lausanne, Emerging Evangelists, Ignite, and PhiloTrust with Canon J. John.
Dr. James Lee is the Associate Professor of the History of Early Christianity, and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Professor Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree and Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame and a Master's Degree from Catholic University of America. His teaching specialties are History of Christianity, early Christian spirituality and the Bible, theology of Augustine, Christian mysticism, Eastern Christianity, ecclesiology, monasticism, and early Christian views of the human person and salvation. Dr. Lee's research interests are Augustine, Latin and Greek patristics, ecclesiology, and Biblical exegesis.
In the summer of 1994, a year after his graduation, Richard was wrongly arrested and convicted for a murder, and attempted murder, he did not commit. Richard was 19 years old and would spend the next 15 years of his life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, fighting for his life, innocence, and freedom. Richard’s family advocated on his behalf and eventually met the now late, Mrs. Joyce Ann Brown, Founder of MASS and Exoneree. Mrs. Brown joined the fight for Richard’s innocence, and eventually encouraged Centurion Ministries, the Princeton based innocence organization to accept his case. Since his release and exoneration, Richard has been blessed to travel the nation telling his story of hope, determination, and faith, and also addressing the issues of mass incarceration, wrongful convictions, and the need for productive re-entry services.