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Past Staley Lectures: 1990s


Beyond Mischief and Mayhem: The Apocalyptic Framework of the Christian Faith

J. Nelson Kraybill, president, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.

  • We Regret to Inform You That Tomorrow Has Been Canceled: Anxiety and Faith in Early Apocalypticism
  • In Bed with the Beast: Making Sense of the Book of Revelation
  • Out of the Loony Bin and into the Church: Eschatology for a Pilgrim People


Carol Anderson and Jim Shores, visiting artists

  • Relationships: What’s Healthy, What’s Not
  • Fractured, Broken Families


Eugene Lowry, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Christianity and Jazz
  • Theology of the Blues


Elevating the Human Condition by Returning to the 4 Rs: Relationship, Reconciliation, Responsibility and Respect

Ann Stanford, International Service Alliance, Fairfax, Va.

  • Relationships of Integrity
  • The Season of Reconciliation: A Response to the Race and Gender Problem
  • The Consequences of the Age of Irresponsibility


God Talk: Bringing the Bible Alive through Drama

Ian Scott, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary), St. Davids, Pa.

  • Portraits: Images of God in the Stories of Jesus
  • The Gospel According to John
  • And the Word Became Flesh


Christian Faith and the Environment

Calvin DeWitt, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Biblical Principles for Environmental Stewardship
  • Environmental Stewardship: Responding in Faith and Life
  • Celebrate Creation


Self and Society: Accountability and Responsibility: A Christian Perspective

John Fast, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario

  • Developing Good Habits of the Heart: Accountable to Whom and Responsible for What?
  • Jurassic Park and the Garden of Eden: In the World and for the World—But Not of the World?
  • Good Karma versus Tough Love: On Being Christian in a Post-Christian Era


The Beloved Community and the Celebration of Diversity

Catherine Meeks, Mercer University, Macon, Ga.

  • The Celebration of Diversity: God’s Challenging Expectation
  • The Journey Inward and the Challenge of Diversity
  • The Challenge of Race
  • The Journey Outward and Diversity: Reasons for Hope and Despair


Thinking through Fiction

Robert Detweiler, Emory University, Atlanta

  • Making Up the Truth
  • Atwood’s The Sin Eater: How to Lie
  • Updike’s Rabbit: A True American?
  • Erdrich’s Christ’s Twin: Resurrecting the Real


Getting Your Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Tom Sine, Creative Futures Center, Seattle

  • Anticipating Tomorrow’s Opportunities
  • Discovering God’s Purposes
  • Creating New Possibilities for the 21st Century
  • Celebrating the Creativity of the New Generation

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