Free public lectures at Regent College
by Danielle Martell
Ever wish you could take in some stimulating, thought provoking, scholarly, theological lectures from one of the world’s leading evangelical colleges? What are godly Christian scholars teaching today as they unite our ancient faith with our current culture? How do they interpret God’s ways in our world in light of God’s word? How are they continuing to pass on our faith-filled heritage of prayer, Bible reading, study, love and devotion to God? Ever desire to soak in some refreshing teaching and do this all for free in your own neighbourhood?
Great! This May, Regent College, will be continuing to host free public lectures to this end throughout the summer months. Regent is known all over the world for their world-class faculty and visiting scholars. Their website explains that they are a transdenominational college with students from over 40 countries and 30 denominations. It further states that, “The College is home to some of the most influential theological thinkers and remains one of the world’s foremost graduate schools of Christian studies.” Regent truly is a wonderful place to take in free public lectures and, if you live in the lower mainland, Regent is practically in your back yard!
What can you expect from a public lecture? All May, June and July, the public lectures will be held in Regent’s chapel in the evening on a Monday or Wednesday at 7:30 pm with no registration required. The only exception to this norm is when N. T Wright speaks in July. That event will be a free ticketed lecture held at The Centre (Westside Church), 777 Homer Street, Vancouver. As for a list of speakers and lecture topics, here is what you can anticipate this May:
• May 8 – Jens Zimmermann, “Book Launch: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christian Humanism”
• May 13 – John Swinton, “Hearing Voices: Human and Divine”
• May 15 – Peter Harrison, “The Shifting Territories of Science and Religion”
• May 17 – Bruce Hindmarsh and Steve Bell, “Praying the Psalms in Spirit and Song”
• May 20 – Regent’s President Jeffrey Greenman & Mark Glanville, “Improvisational Leadership: A Jazz-Talk”
• May 27 – Wesley Hill, “Retrieving Asceticism: How Contemporary Christians are Reclaiming an Ancient Theme”
• May 29 – Maxine Hancock, “Costly Grace & Severe Mercy: Theological Resonance in Louise Penny’s ‘Three Pines’ Mystery Novels”
Regent is located on the UBC campus at 5800 University Blvd. in Vancouver. If you want to discover more about these lectures, visit regent-college.edu/lifelong-learning/public-lectures. Here’s a tip: You may want to arrive early to get good parking and seating since the lectures are well attended. Enjoy!