Ministers Week kicks off at University Christian Church Monday


    Religious scholars from across the country will grace the pulpit at University Christian Church for a four-day series of sermons this week. The series covers topics such as biblical scholarship, the fields of ministry and theology, and congregational leadership.

    More than 300 people are expected to attend, according to Eilene Theilig, who is helping coordinate the event.

    “[That number] is a little ahead of last year,” Theilig said.

    Pre-registration is closed, but passers-by are welcome to attend. Late registration sign-up begins 4 p.m. Monday at UCC. Childcare is available.

    Here are the lecturers for the event:

    · Wells Sermon Series—“What We Talk About When We Talk About Jesus”

    The Rev. Lance Pape is an assistant professor of Homiletics at Brite Divinity School. His research focuses on similarities between the personal stories we share and the stories we use to represent God.

    7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17: “Born of the Virgin Mary” (Luke 1:26-38)

    7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: “Suffered Under Pontius Pilate” (Luke 23:33-43)

    7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: “Raised on the Third Day” (Luke 24:13-29)

    · Davis Workshop in Ministry—“Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations.”

    The Rev. Karen McClintock teaches psychology at Southern Oregon University. McClintock is both a psychologist and clergy consultant focusing on shame recovery.

    9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18: Part 1 “The Problem of Shame,” Part 2 “The Promise of Grace”

    McClintock will also hold a workshop Tuesday with more in-depth analysis of shame.

    · Scott Lecture—“The Role of Emotions in Leadership and Communities”

    The Rev. William “Bill” Kondrath is a professor of Pastoral Theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. According to the Ministers Week event page, Kondrath is strongly committed to the community and has worked with more than 100 Christian and Jewish congregations. He also serves as president of the Academy of Religious Leadership.

    9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: Part 1 “Affectively Competent Leadership” Part 2 “How Would We Do Ministry Differently If We Took Feelings Seriously?”

    Kondrath will also hold a workshop Wednesday with more in-depth analysis of feelings in the church.

    · Organ Recital and Hymn Song

    Barbara Baird  is a TCU graduate who now lives in Eugene, Ore. Baird teaches the organ, harpsichord and piano at the University of Oregon and also serves as the minister of music ministries at the First Congregational Church in Eugene. Although her performances span four continents, according to the Ministers Week event page, Baird holds a special place in her heart for Fort Worth.

    3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19

    · McFadin Lecture—“The Revolutionary Impulse of the Gospel for Life Together”

    The Rev. Willie James Jennings is the associate professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. His book, “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race,” won the American Academy of Religion’s Best Book Award in 2011.

    9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20: Part 1 “The Intimate Revolution: A Gospel Not Yet Heard,” Part 2 “The Revolution of the Intimate: A Gospel Yet Resisted”

    Find other notable scholars holding workshops here.