6We begin the new year with a two-week series on the great theologian Howard Thurman.
Sunday, Jan. 5 - Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown
Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, professor emerita of psychology at Agnes Scott College, is a spiritual director/companion, writer, retreat leader, and speaker. She earned her PhD at Harvard and is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute, founded by Tilden Edwards. Dr. Coleman Brown writes about and promotes contemplative spirituality in everyday life, the life and work of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace and joy in one’s heart.
Sunday, Jan. 12 - Dr. Luther Smith
Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr. is professor of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He writes and speaks extensively on issues of church and society, congregational renewal, Christian spirituality, and the thought of Howard Thurman. He is the author of Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet and editor of Howard Thurman: Essential Writings. Dr. Smith's current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope.
Sunday, Jan. 26 - Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, now in its 20th anniversary edition. A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
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Spirituality of Aging
Jan 5 & 12 | Debi McNeil and Spenser Simrill
The aging process, moving into and through different developmental phases of life, affects the spirit – that animating, vital force within each person. What brings us deep meaning and enlivens the spirit at 40 may not be what nurtures our sense of wholeness and spiritual wellness at 97. Join Canterbury Court’s CEO Debi McNeil and Canterbury Chaplain Spenser Simrill in a discussion about the spirituality of aging and nurturing our hearts and that deep spirit, that soul force within each of us.
Hebrews: Shaking the Kingdom
Jan 5,12 , 19 | Tony Johns
Continues in February.
The book of Hebrews is a deeply rich theological masterpiece with an intention to change the hearts of its readers. The letter addresses a community that is struggling to understand in the face of their experience of persecution: why God’s people suffer, how they should live as community in light of their suffering, and the role of suffering in God's redemptive plan. This book looks at Jesus' identity as priest and sacrifice, and draws us into his deeply human experience to help us better understand our own. Join us as we wrestle with faith and hope alongside the community of the Hebrews.
Over the course of the year a roadmap will guide both Sunday morning and Wednesday night offerings. Each Sunday morning will host a featured speaker in the Forum. Most Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights will offer “going deep” classes and small groups covering the seven topics in our roadmap. Click to learn more: