The Harvey Potthoff Memorial Lecture Series is a lecture series given each year at Christ United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado. Named in honor of their former pastor and Iliff professor, the series has had speakers such as Marjorie Suchocki (Process Theologian, Claremont VP), Jay Rundell (President, MTSO), and more recently Dr. Beldon Lane from St. Louis U.
For 2015, Hacking Christianity has been invited to give the lecture. What a crazy honor to be in the tradition of such smart people and what an overwhelming responsibility to offer something substantial to the progressive community!
I say “Hacking Christianity” and not just me (Jeremy) because it really is because of you and this community that we are invited into new formats and situations to share our values, methods, and perceptions. It’s from the collision of ideas in the comments, in the new social media interactions, and from the offline random phone calls and messages that the ideas take bloom. So you’ll be up there with me.
The lecture topic is on Discipleship in the progressive tradition. From the promo:
Discipleship is more than a process of learning about values and theological constructs. Discipleship is about our theological heritage, our language for faith and dialoguing with God, our identity as Christians. What does a discipleship process look like for progressive churches in a post-modern world? It is time to get as radical about our faith as we are about our politics and inclusion.
Boom. Sounds like fun, and a great way to get to know some of the voices I’ve gotten to know over the six years of the blog.
As we turn theological ideas on its head, I can think of no better topic than the narrative that “progressives are not about discipleship,” or that we do not care about discipling people in the traditions of the church in a post-modern world. Nothing could be further from the truth, and it’s time the parts of the country that only know reactionary progressivism to know there’s more to it than meets the eye.
I’m honored to be included in this lecture series and will do my best to continue the honor of the series as well.
See you in Denver!
If you are in Denver and the surrounding area, I invite you to attend January 24th and 25th (Saturday has lecture/interaction; Sunday has classroom discussion and sermon). There’s a special gathering of young clergy the night before, so be sure to consider that if you fit that demographic. Here’s all the info and how to RSVP: Potthoff Lecture Poster letter size (PDF).
So sound off:
- What question of discipleship and progressives do you most want to hear reflections on?
- What’s your sense of how progressives view discipleship differently than conservative/traditionalists? Or do we?
Thanks for your comments and see you in Denver!