2019 Speakers

Weekly Religion & Life Lecture Series: 2019 Speakers

Carlos Colon: June 16-20

Carlos Colón is a composer, liturgist, and cultural promoter, specializing in music that is both academically serious and ecclesiastically valuable. His recent projects lie at the intersection of social justice and religious change.

Carlos Colón was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. When he was 14, he was forced to leave El Salvador and took refuge in Guatemala City. A resident of the United States since 1986, he holds a B.M. from Belmont University and a M.M. from Baylor University. He became a U.S. citizen in 2001.

His music has been performed in festivals in the United States and abroad. Recently, his music has been performed in Venezuela National Radio, the Calvin Worship Symposium, and the Festival de Música Contemporánea of El Salvador. His music has also received acclaim in England, Cuba and other countries.

Colón’s international heritage and personal experience of civil war inform his compositions’ calls to justice, peace, and beauty. Las Lamentaciones de Rufina Amaya, a requiem in memory of the victims of El Mozote (where the Salvadorian army massacred 800 peasants in 1981), was premiered at Baylor University’s Armstrong Browning Library in 2008. It has also been performed in Dallas by the Texas Voices; in El Salvador by the choir of the National Opera; and in Grand Rapids by the Choral Scholars.

Obertura Para Un Mártir, a work commemorating slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, was commissioned by the President and First Lady of El Salvador and premiered there in 2010.

In October 2018, San Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas asked Colón to compose music for the recent celebrations of the canonization of Saint Oscar Romero.

A new composition, “Te Deum Latinoamericano” was presented at the main Cathedrals and cities of El Salvador, to more than 75,000 attendees.

Colón is a resident scholar and Assistant Director of Chapel at Baylor University. He and his family reside in Waco, TX.

Sunday Worship – "Beholding God's Glory" Psalm 8 and the Gospel of John
Lecture Series : Queja con Alas: A Lament with Wings, A Refugee Looks at the Psalms of Ascent, Songs from the Latin American Church, Art Music from Latin America

Rev. William H. Lamar IV: June 23 – 27

William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Ordained as an itinerant elder in 2000 at the Florida Annual Conference of the AME Church, Lamar has also served congregations in Monticello, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; and Hyattsville, Maryland.

Prior to his two most recent appointments (in Maryland and the District of Columbia), Lamar was the managing director of Leadership Education at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Through his association with Duke, he convened and resourced executive pastors of large churches, denominational finance executives, young denominational leaders, Methodist bishops, and the constituency of Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program. For nearly 15 years, Lamar has been actively involved with organizations like Direct Action Research Training (DART), Industrial Areas Foundations (IAF), and Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) for faith-based community organizing for justice. Most recently, he has collaborated with Repairers of the Breach, the Center for Community Change (CCC), and People Improving Communities through Organization (PICO) to enact a social justice ministry in surrounding communities and to exhibit a real embrace to the beloved community. Under his leadership, Metropolitan remains committed to worship, liberation, and service.

A 1996 magna cum laude graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Management with a minor in Philosophy and Religion and a certificate in Human Resource Management. In 1999, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Lamar is currently a doctoral student in the inaugural cohort of Christian Theological Seminary’s Ph.D. program in African-American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. An avid reader and writer, Lamar has published articles in outlets such as Christian Century, The Christian Recorder, Divinity Magazine, “FaithandLeadership.com,” The Anvil, “TheUndefeated.com,” and the “Huffington Post.” He has also been featured in The Washington Post and the Afro- American and on “The Takeaway,” the “Huffington Post Live,” and PBS “News Hour.”

Lamar is honored to serve Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he seeks daily to extend the cathedral of African Methodism’s nearly two centuries-long legacy of bearing witness to and ushering into this world the reign of the living God.

Sunday Worship – "The Attempted Murder of the Messiah" Luke 4: 16-30
Lecture Series: The Holy Spirit Will Come Upon You, The Holy Spirit Descending Like a Dove, Full of the Holy Spirit, God's Spirit is on Me

Father Nathan Kirkpatrick: June 30 - July 5

Father Nathan Kirkpatrick is the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. In this role, he has facilitated retreats for clergy and other non-profit leaders, designed educational programs, taught in the master and doctoral programs of the Divinity School and consulted with senior leaders around the United States and abroad. 

Kirkpatrick received degrees from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) and Duke University (Durham, NC).  Father Kirkpatrick is an Episcopal priest serving the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, NC, and the author of Trust Matters: Christian Living in an Age of Distrust (forthcoming autumn 2019).

Sunday Worship – "Freedom that Frees"
Lecture Series : Our Common Life

Richard White - American Experience Speaker: July 8 - 12

Richard White, the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford, is the American Experience Speaker for 2019. His lecture theme will be Gilded Ages Then and Now.

White is the author of The Republic for Which It Stands-The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 and Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Richard White is a historian of the United States specializing in the American West, the history of capitalism, environmental history, history and memory, and Native American history. His work has earned countless honors and awards including twice becoming a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, once in 1992 and then again in 2012. He has had an extensive professional background which includes serving on many boards, consulting and advising on numerous documentaries, writing book reviews for scholarly journals and extended essay reviews for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, to name a few.

Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson: July 14 - 18

Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson is the Hinga Boersma Dean of the Chapel of Hope College. He holds a M.Div., from Western Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in Theology from University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is ordained in the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

Trygve is author of The Preacher as Liturgical Artist and speaks widely on college campuses around the country.

Sunday Worship – "What Time is It?" Genesis 1: 1-5
Lecture Series: Z's: Who Are They and Why They Matter for the Rest of Us, Ministry to Z's, Like Music Pressed into Vinyl: How Memorizing Scripture Strengthens Faith, Imagination: A Key to Human Flourishing and Faith

Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence: July 21 - 25

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Dr. Florence served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her current book project is ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet. She has also published numerous articles and chapters in books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.com

Dr. Florence’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text, so she is happiest when sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it. She is a frequent teacher and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad.

Sunday Worship – "A Parable Universe"
Lecture Series: Reading the Verbs in Mark 5 (I & II), Finding Something True, Taking Rehearsal to the Repertory Church

Dr. Cynthia Weems: July 28 – August 1

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia D. Weems is Superintendent of the South East District of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. The SE District spans Delray Beach to Key West and encompasses five language groups.  Formerly, she served as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Miami, a church with an extensive ministry to the diverse homeless population of downtown Miami. Cynthia has served congregations in Connecticut, Kansas and Florida and after seminary spent two years as a volunteer missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Weems is a Mississippian by birth, later raised in Kansas City, and the daughter of a pastor and public school teacher.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Millsaps College, was a Yale Fellow and Student Body President at Yale Divinity School and later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. 

Cynthia is a storyteller and dynamic preacher as well as an able administrator and leader.  She has written numerous articles and is a contributor to the CEB Women’s Bible.  She is trilingual, having learned both Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America.  She serves on the board of National Justice for our Neighbors and chairs the Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean Advisory Board.

Sunday Worship – "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: 21st Century Missional Strategy in Your Neighborhood & Mine" John 1:14
Lecture Series: Movin' On Up - Ephesians 4:1, A Tale of Two Churches - Matthew 7:24-27, Who's My Neighbor? - Luke 10:25-37, Why Does a Neighborhood Need a Church? - Acts 2: 37-43

Father Michael Renninger: August 4 - 8

Father Michael A. Renninger is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he studied piano, voice and guitar while in high school. He attended Ursinus College (PA), where he received degrees in Philosophy and Music History. He later attended The Catholic University of America, where he received graduate degrees in Theology and Liturgy. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1993, and has served as Vicar for Vocations and Rector of the Cathedral.

He currently serves as pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Richmond. He travels extensively to preach in a variety of ecumenical settings, including the 2016 Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta. In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Renninger presents vocal recitals around the country, and has been a soloist with the Richmond Symphony. He has published articles on liturgy, prayer and spirituality, and is featured in a series of DVD’s focused on the teachings of Pope Francis.  Fr. Mike enjoys jogging, Oreo cookies and Elvis.

Sunday Worship – "What Does Love Look Like?" John 15: 9-12
Lecture Series: In the Bleak Midwinter

Rev. James Keller: August 11 - 15

Jim Keller is a licensed mental health counselor and the founder and president of Charis Counseling Center in Orlando, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Keller was on the staff of Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ for 28 years and ministered on college campuses in the northeast for the majority of that time. He has authored one book, The Upside-Down Marriage, which explores 12 factors in making marriage relationships healthy. He is also a Teaching Minister at Summit Church in Orlando, Florida.

Sunday Worship – "Finishing Well" Mark 14:3-9 & John 12:1-8
Lecture Series: Community

Rev. Tom Swears: August 18

Rev. Tom Swears

The Rev. Dr. Swears is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, having served two parishes, one a new mission congregation in suburban Baltimore, Maryland for seven years and the other in Wilmington, Delaware for 25 years as the senior pastor.   

Tom also taught both Homiletics and Spiritual Formation for many years at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and he is the author of The Approaching Sabbath: Spiritual Disciplines For Pastors, and Preaching To Head and Heart.  

Tom and his wife, Linda, have been Bay View cottage owners since 2005.  They have two grown daughters, Mollie, who is married and a student at Harvard Law School, and Annie, who is a student at Florida State University.

Sunday Worship – TBA

Rev. Marshall Dunlap: September 1

Rev. Marshall G. Dunlap served seven churches in the Detroit area over a career that spanned 33 years. 22 of those years he served as Co-Pastor with his wife Susan.

They have been cottagers in Bay View since 1994, and Marshall has been coming to Bay View his whole life.

Marshall and Susan have four grown children: a doctor and three teachers.

Sunday Worship - "Twists Along the Journey" John 3: 22-30

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