We’re excited to announce our speakers for another season of Spiritual Theology: The Way of Jesus in Fall 2023. Monthly seminars provide grounding content as we work on developing spiritual and theological wisdom for life with God. Focusing on areas of hard-won experience, each of our speakers will help enlarge our imaginations of Jesus, reminding us:
The way of Jesus is …
“UNPREDICTABLE” (with Pete Enns)
“LAVISH” (with Adriene Thorne)
“QUEER” (with Mihee Kim-Kort)
“BRAVE” (with Brenda Salter McNeil)
“Unpredictable” | Sep 16 | Pete Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It, The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs, How the Bible Actually Works, Curve-ball: When Your Faith Takes Turns You Never Saw Coming. Pete is also co-host of The Bible for Normal People podcast.
“Lavish” | Oct 7 | Rev. Adriene Thorne is senior minister at the Riverside Church in the City of New York. She has also served at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn and Middle Collegiate Church in a variety of ministerial roles. With neighborhood partners, she co-founded the award-winning Brooklyn Heights Community Fridge in 2021. Adriene completed post-graduate studies in pastoral care and counseling at the Blanton-Peale Institute and is a certified life coach and disaster chaplain. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion.
“Queer” | Nov 4 | Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister, agitator, speaker, writer, and slinger of hopeful stories about faith and church. Her writing and commentary can be found in the New York Times, TIME, BBC World Service, USA Today, Huffington Post, Christian Century, On Being, Sojourners, Faith and Leadership, The Revealer, and Religion Dispatches. She is also co-pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, MD and author of Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith.
“Brave” | Dec 9 | Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is an Associate Professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she directs the Reconciliation Studies program. She also serves on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle. Dr. Brenda is the author of numerous books, including Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change.