Ames United Church of Christ invites you to attend the 36th Annual Theologian in Residence event featuring Dr. Karen L. King Sept 18-19, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event will be offered remotely via Zoom. Dr. King is the author of books and articles on the diversity of ancient Christianity, women and gender studies, and martyrdom and violence. She is the Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard University. Three sessions will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 18, and an adult forum will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19. Dr. King also will provide the sermon on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Theologian in Residence program is an annual event that brings noted religious scholars to Ames UCC. It is open to the public. Sessions are offered free, but a donation is requested for those who are able to support the program. In order to prepare for this event, we ask that you register so that we can determine how many might attend, and so that we can send Zoom links for the sessions.
Schedule of Events
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All Theologian in Residence events are free and open to the public. However, if you are able, we request that you consider making a donation to help support the costs of our program. The cost to us is approximately $30 per family attending. We would welcome donations of any amount. If you make a donation, you will receive a receipt for any amount contributed. Thanks in advance for your help!
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About the Speaker
Karen L. King is the Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard University’s oldest endowed
professorship (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she is the author of books and articles on the diversity of ancient Christianity, women and gender studies, and religion and violence. Her particular passion is studying recently discovered literature from Egypt, including The Gospel of Mary, The Apocalypse of James, The Gospel of Philip, and The Secret Revelation of John.
Publications include What is Gnosticism?; The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; “Christianity and Torture” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence; “The Place of the Gospel of Philip in the Context of Early Christian Claims about Jesus’ Marital Status”; and “Jesus” in the Oxford Handbook of the New Testament and Sexuality. She is currently completing a commentary on The Gospel of Mary.
She is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and research, and has received grants and fellowships from the Henry Luce Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Howard Foundation, the Graves Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, and Harvard University. She is the 2013 recipient of Brown University’s Horace Mann Medal, and in 2011 received an honorary doctorate (Theologiae Doctrix Honoris Causis) from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Full Karen L. King Vita
Previous Theologians in Residence
Not Held Due to Covid-19
Harry T. Cook
Ruth Duck & Cynthia Wilson
Diana Butler Bass
Christine M. Smith
Amy Jill Levine
John Shelby Spong
John Dominic Crossan
Karen Jo Torjesen
George A. Drake
Rita Nakashima Brock
& Alan Johnson
Keith G. Schrag
Not Held Due to Covid-19
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