Earl Robinson Memorial Lecture Series


Booth UC will once again host the Earl Robinson Memorial Lecture Series in the fall and winter. This year the lectures will take place online. You will also be able to find them all on our YouTube channel.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 – 7:00 pm CT (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Kate Bowler presents No Cure for Being Human

The world loves us when we are good, better, best, but what about when we get sick, lose someone we love, or life hasn’t turned out like we thought it should? Duke Professor Kate Bowler offers a richer understanding of hope in the face of uncertainty, despair, and suffering as we begin to understand that life is a chronic condition and there is no cure for being human.

Kate Bowler is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke University. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I’ve Loved), which tells the story of her struggle to understand the personal and intellectual dimensions of the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character. Her TED talk on the subject has received over 6 million views to date, and on her popular podcast, Everything Happens, she talks with people about what they have learned in dark times and why it is so difficult to speak frankly about suffering. Her second memoir, No Cure For Being Human, will be released by Random House in September 2021.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021 – 7:00 pm CT (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Don Burke presents Salvation for Both Worlds: Toward a Wesleyan/Biblical Social Mission

Don Burke came to Booth University College when it opened in 1982 and has served the College as a Professor of Biblical Studies since then. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Burke is a biblical scholar whose studies and teaching have focused on the Old Testament. However, his broad theological interests include the New Testament, church history, Wesleyan studies and theology. His BA is from Wilfrid Laurier University, and both his MA and Ph.D. are from the University of St Michael’s College (Toronto School of Theology) in Toronto.

As a professor, Dr. Burke loves to be in the classroom with students. The interaction that takes place there inspires him. Students consistently express appreciation for his knowledge, teaching and concern for their success. A lifelong Salvationist, Dr. Burke was raised in the Brantford Citadel Corps where he received his earliest introduction to Christian faith.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022 – 1:00 pm CT (2:00 PM EASTERN)

Steve Bell and Malcolm Guite present Art and the Christian Life

Join singer-songwriter Steve Bell and poet-priest Malcolm Guite as they discuss the importance of art, music and literature to the life of faith.

Steve Bell is a musician, songwriter, storyteller, and author. For 30 years he has pursued a full-time vocation as a music minister, performing concerts world-over. With his mission of “refreshing Christian faith and spiritual tradition for the weary and the wary,” Steve is known as much for his story-telling, social commentary, and theological insights as he is for his music.

Malcolm Guite is a  Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, a poet and author of Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year, The Singing Bowl, Parable and Paradox, David’s Crown, and Mariner: A voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022 – 7:00 pm CT (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand presents Polarized Communities in Uncertain Times: Situating The Salvation Army in the German Church Struggle of the Nazi Era 

In the 1930s, an internal struggle for control emerged within the German Protestant Church, between a pro-Nazi faction and the Confessing Church, which sought to maintain the independence and theological integrity of the churches. In this lecture, Rebecca Carter-Chand will situate the German Salvation Army in this volatile context, exploring the theological, structural, and practical issues that were at stake for the Army, as Germany shifted from democracy to dictatorship. 

Rebecca Carter-Chand is Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She received her PhD in History and the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto in 2016.

She is the co-editor with Kevin Spicer of, Religion, Ethnonationalism, and Antisemitism in the Era of the Two World Wars (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022). Other publications include, “A Relationship of Convenience or Conviction?: The International Salvation Army and the German Heilsarmee in the Nazi Era,” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 34 (2021) and “The Politics of Being Apolitical: The Salvation Army and the Nazi Revolution,” Word & Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry 18, 2 (2016). 

Watch lectures from previous years.


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