Robin Meyers Lecture Series

Dr. Robin Meyers

Friday and Saturday, September 22-23 7:00PM Friday, 9:00AM and 10:30AM Saturday

Chalice Abbey   2717 Stanley St.   Amarillo, TX 79119

Dr. Meyers has published six major books, including the widely acclaimed Saving Jesus From the Church:  How to Stop Worshipping Christ and Start Following Jesus and The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus. In particular, his writing is informed by his participation in the Jesus Seminar, a group of biblical scholars studying the historical authenticity of sayings and events attributed to Jesus, and more recently the history of the early church. It includes theologians such as Marcus Borg, Karen Armstrong, John Dominick Crossan, John Shelby Spong and others.  Meyers is also a syndicated columnist and an award winning commentator for National Public Radio.  He was featured in an HBO documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean, the story of the first woman executed in Oklahoma, and Meyers’ attempt to save her life.  In 2015 delivered the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School, arguably the country’s premier theological lecture series.

Some of the major themes in his works are: the church is increasingly irrelevant because it has cast Jesus as a supernatural being rather than a Galilean prophet proclaiming God’s love and justice; beliefs about God are confused with faith, a radical trust in God; doctrines such as original sin and atonement are unbiblical and work against personal responsibility and genuine forgiveness; and that truly following the way of Jesus can be dangerous and subversive, for love and justice often require speaking the truth to power and acting on that truth.

In urging us to regain the spirit and substance of the early church, Meyers states, “In an age of hyper-partisan politics, the church is also guilty of a kind of spiritual gridlock.  Liberals and conservatives continue to argue over abortion and gay marriage instead of feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and joining forces to resist a culture of violence and greed.”

Dr. Meyers will make the following presentations:

-Lecture 1 Friday September 22, 7 p.m.  “Galilean Sage or Supernatural Savior? Or, How I Became A Heretic With Help From Jesus.”

-Lecture 2 Saturday September 23, 9 a.m. “Quantum Physics and the Future of God”

-Lecture 3 Saturday September 23, 10:30 a.m.  “Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance

A fee of $25 per session or $70 for all three sessions will be charged.  Please call 806-206-7751 or email to register. Scholarship assistance is available.

Approved for Commissioned Minister continuing education.

Sponsored by the Amarillo Institute for Biblical Studies