Upcoming Events:


2016 October 16 – James Carroll


Reimagining Christ for the Modern World

Lecture One @ 2:30 PM: Jesus after the Holocausts

Lecture Two @ 4:30 PM: The Future of Jesus Christ

St. John’s United Methodist Church

515 S. McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624

James Carroll’s Boston Globe columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. James Carroll is the author of eleven novels and eight works of non- fiction, including Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age; the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad. He lives in Boston with his wife, the novelist Alexandra Marshall. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at New York University. 

See jamescarroll.net for more information.

2017 March 12 – Amy-Jill Levine

Phil Silverstein Memorial Lectures 


Theme, Lectures, and Venue To Be Announced.

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter), and the thirteen-volume edited Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writing. Her most recent volume is Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Dr. Levine is also the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.


2018 April 8 – Robin Meyers

Robin Meyers

Theme, Lectures, and Venue To Be Announced.

Dr. Robin Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, the Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University, a best-selling author, a columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City since 1985, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference.

Dr. Meyers is the author of eight books: With Ears to Hear: Preaching as Self-Persuasion; Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life; The Virtue in the Vice: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly Sins; Why the Christian Right is Wrong: A Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, and Your Future; Saving Jesus from the Church: How To Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus; The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus; and Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Defiance; and (his latest) Undone: Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy, and Empire.