2018 April 8 – Robin Meyers
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A GOD PROBLEM
Based on his most current work, Dr. Meyers discusses the “God crisis” in the church. Why do so many people struggle with conventional images and language about God (as an Old Man in the sky), and why do we assume that there are no options other than theism, atheism, or agnosticism? Based on Paul Tillich’s idea that God is not to be found in the heights, but in the depths (the Ground of Being), this lecture helps to provides options for those who find it difficult to pray and worship in conventional ways, but who want to access the Mystery of that which animates and connects everything in the universe.
SPIRITUAL DEFIANCE: Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy, and Empire
Based on his Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School, and famed on three poems by Anna Kamienska, Dr. Meyers combines all three Beecher Lectures into a single, one-hour presentation. Based on the publication of his latest book from Yale University Press, Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance, this lecture focuses on three areas that demand resistance by faith communities: ego, orthodoxy, and Empire. He also invites the audience to imagine all the ways in which the church can push back against the forces of death and indignity—what the Bible calls the Principalities and the Powers.
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Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Professor of Rhetoric at Oklahoma City University, and Distinguished Professor of Social Justice in the Philosophy Department at OCU. He is the author of seven books, an award-winning columnist for the Oklahoma Gazette and commentator for National Public Radio, and a widely traveled lecturer and preacher. He has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City for 32 years, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference. “Robin Meyers is the new generation’s Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, and Martin Luther King Jr.” —Bill Moyers
He was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Wichita State University (‘75) he received his M. Div. from the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University (‘79) and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University (‘81), and his PhD from the Communication Department at the University of Oklahoma (‘91). His dissertation was on the merits of self-persuasion in preaching, and was published as a textbook for preachers.
Dr. Meyers is the author of seven books with combined total sales of over 100,000 copies. They include, 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 you 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 Resistance. Dr. Meyers is a fellow of the renowned Westar Institute (home of the Jesus Seminar). He is a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the newly formed God Seminar. He has spoken nationally and internationally in the role of both scholar and pastor.
Robin is married to Shawn Meyers, an Oklahoma City artist and university professor, and they are the parents of three and the exceedingly proud grandparents of two.