Palmer Lecture Series

 

The Mel and Pat Palmer Lecture Series honors the Palmer’s dedication to the church of Jesus Christ, Peace Church in particular, and allows their legacy to continue to build-up and spread the word in Greensboro and beyond about our great church and its love for the gospel.

Peace United Church of Christ is very excited to announce the formation and initiation of the Mel and Pat Palmer Lecture Series. This lecture series, which kicked off  March 8-9, 2014, honors Mel and Pat Palmer’s dedication to the church of Jesus Christ, Peace Church in particular, and allows their legacy to continue to build-up and spread the word in Greensboro and beyond about our great church and its love for the gospel. Mel Palmer was the Senior Pastor of Peace UCC for over thirty years, from 1961 to 1993. Pat remains an active and critical member of our congregation today.

Pat with Mel's portrait

Mel & Pat Palmer Lecture Series #2:

“God is Great, God Is Green: The Bible and Ecology”

October 24-26, 2014

Email peaceucc2714@gmail.com to register. 

Clinton McCann

After a wonderful inaugural Palmer Lecture Series in March with the Interfaith Amigos, we are ready for a second installment of stimulating lectures.

Beginning on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. the Rev. Dr. Clint McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, will give a series of lectures titled “God is Great, God is Green: The Bible and Ecology.”

Friday evening’s lecture is titled “Why It Is So important that Farmers Wrote the Bible!” Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., Dr. McCann will lecture on the topic “The Ecological Crisis: The Judgment of God? Or Just Plain Old Human Stupidity and Greed?” followed by a third lecture at 11:00 a.m., “What to Say and Do? Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Rejoice!”

Dr. McCann will also give the sermon in worship on Sunday, October 26th called “The Great Outdoors” based on Psalm 8, Psalm 24: 1-2, and Colossians 1: 15-20.

A note of local interest: Dr. McCann’s father – Rev. Jerry McCann – was the Pastor at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Old Chapman Street in Greensboro from 1958-1988 and was a good friend and colleague of Reverend Dr. Mel Palmer. Dr. McCann’s time with us will be a wonderful homecoming for him!

Clint frequently teaches beyond the Eden campus. Over the years, he has lectured or taught for church groups or academic gatherings in 26 states. During the summers of 2007-2010, he served as Resident Minister of the New Piasa Chautauqua near Grafton, IL.

Clint is especially interested in the intersection of religion and culture. His book entitled Facing the Music: Faith and Meaning in Popular Songs (1999) is an indication of this interest, and he frequently uses songs and videos in his teaching.

Clint’s personal philosophy that spirituality involves daily study, thinking, and writing, is expressed in his teaching: “I believe that teaching and learning is a two-way street. The Bible fascinates me. I enjoy seeing my students get excited about new things, and I enjoy it when my students help me to see new things.”

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Our inaugural lecture series featured The Interfaith Amigos  (www.interfaithamigos.com), comprised  of UCC pastor Reverend Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman. These three religious leaders of the Abrahamic faiths have been paving the way in regard to interfaith relations and understanding, their work being featured in the New York Times and History Channel among many other outlets around the world.  They are the authors of two books “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and a Sheikh,” and “Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith.”

Interfaith Amigos

The Palmer Lecture Series presents a variety of programs each year, dealing with the pressing social and theological issues facing our world today. Those who would like to be on the Lecture series e-mail list, are asked to email Sherri Vestal in the church office at peaceucc2714@gmail.com