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Past Staley Lectures: 1990s

1999

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

J. Nelson Kraybill, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

  • 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

1998

Carol Anderson and Jim Shores, Visiting Artists

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

1997

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

  • Christianity and Jazz
  • Theology of the Blues

1996

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

Ann Stanford, International Service Alliance, Fairfax, Virginia

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

1995

God Talk: Bringing the Bible Alive through Drama

Ian Scott, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

1994

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

1993

Self and Society: Accountability and Responsibility: A Christian Perspective

John Fast, Conrad Grebel College

  • 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

1992

The Beloved Community and the Celebration of Diversity

Catherine Meeks, Mercer University

  • 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

1991

Thinking through Fiction

Robert Detweiler, Emory University

  • 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

1990

Getting Your Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Tom Sine, Creative Futures Center

  • 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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