Beecher Lectures

The Lyman Beecher Lectureship was founded in 1871 by a gift from Henry W. Sage of Brooklyn, NY, as a memorial to the great divine whose name it bears, to sponsor an annual series of lectures on a topic appropriate to the work of the ministry.  The income of this fund is used for an annual series of lectures on a topic appropriate to the work of ministry. 

Charles L. Campbell ‘82 S.T.M.
“The Scandal of the Gospel: Preaching and the Grotesque”

Charles L. Campbell is Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School.  An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Campbell has degrees from Hendrix College, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, Yale Divinity School, and Duke University (Ph.D.).

Dr. Campbell grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas.  From 1982-1988 he served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  Before coming to Duke in 2009, he was Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.    

A former president of the Academy of Homiletics, Campbell has lectured and preached widely, both in the United States and internationally.  His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Homiletic, Interpretation, and Theology Today.  He is the author or co-author of five books, most recently 1 Corinthians, a theological commentary in Westminster John Knox’s Belief series.

Wed. Oct. 17, 2018 - Opening Convocation & Beecher Lecture I: Jesus in the Grotto: The Gospel as Grotesque

Thurs. Oct. 18, 2018 - Beecher Lecture II: “The Thing”: Resisting the Weaponized Grotesque

Fri. Oct. 19, 2018 - Beecher Lecture III: Incarnate Word: Preaching and the Carnivalesque Grotesque

Marquand Chapel (C200)

Cheney Lecture - Berkeley Divinity School

Presenter: The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of Saint Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Tues. Oct. 16, 2018 - Marquand Chapel (C200)

How Teaching Religion 101 Saved My Ministry

Presenter: Barbara Brown Taylor ‘76 M.Div.

Wed. Oct. 17, 2018 - Marquand Chapel (C200)

Ensign Lecture - Trading Kennedy for Kavanaugh: What’s at stake for religious freedom?

Presenter: Melissa Rogers - former Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thus. Oct. 18, 2018 - Niebuhr Hall (N123)

Faculty Talks

Faculty Conversation—The Function of the Unknown in The Gospel of John– Niebuhr Hall (N123)

The Gospel of John promises to teach the “truth that sets free,” but to do so it sometimes leads readers through a process of encounter with what they do not or cannot know. 

Presenter: Harold W. Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity at YDS

Thurs. Oct. 18, 2018 - Niebuhr Hall (N123)

Faculty Conversation—Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby   – Niebuhr Hall (N123)

A discussion of themes from Bible Nation, an account of vast private fortune used to promote personal faith in the public sphere.

Presenter: Joel S. Baden ’99 B.A., Professor of Hebrew Bible at YDS and co-author of the recent book, “Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby” (Princeton, 2017)

Fri. Oct. 19, 2018 - Niebuhr Hall (N123)


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