Earl Robinson Memorial Lecture Series

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.


Dr. Donald Burke presents “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth:  Is There a Salvationist Way of Interpreting the Bible?”

Dr. Burke has been teaching Scripture at Booth University College since it opened in 1982. As a Salvationist, he has been thinking about how his Wesleyan-Salvationist heritage shapes the way he reads and understands the Bible. In this presentation, he draws upon this reflection to make several suggestions about how Salvationists should interpret the Scriptures.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 – 7:00 PM CDT (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Roger J. Green presents “Reflections on Writing a Biography of Bramwell Booth”

This presentation will be an interview with Dr. Roger Green regarding his work on a new biography of General Bramwell Booth. Dr. Green has written extensively on the history of The Salvation Army, including widely-acclaimed biographies of both William Booth and Catherine Booth. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020 – 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan presents “Tilting at Windmills”

When attacking imaginary enemies, the church becomes increasingly irrelevant. Through the lens of Matthew 25 this lecture will consider lines of demarcation that select the grazing choices of the sheep of justice and the goats of injustice.

An inspiring and effective advocate of social justice for all, Commissioner Christine MacMillan has been a Salvation Army officer, holding appointments in five countries including as Territorial Commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. In July 2012 Christine was selected by the World Evangelical Alliance to serve as their Senior Advisor for Social Justice. She sits on various boards, including an appointment by the United Nations in serving on the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021 – 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Michael Boyce presents “A Final Frontier? The Uneasy Tension between Science Fiction and Faith”

This lecture will examine the often uneasy tensions in Christian Science Fiction, comparing the pioneering (though almost forgotten) writer, Victor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960) with C.S. Lewis (1898-1963).

Dr. Michael W. Boyce is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Booth University College. His research interests are film and television, fantasy literature, and popular culture.  He has written and presented papers on Edgar Allan Poe; Alec Guinness; Alfred Hitchcock; James Bond; and British war-themed television. Michael will be featured in an upcoming documentary on Rousseau, Lewis and Madeline L’Engle.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021 – 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand presents “Historical Perspectives on War and Peace in The Salvation Army”

This lecture will explore The Salvation Army’s perspectives on war and peace and its actions during various wars and conflicts throughout its history, including colonial contexts, the two world wars, the Irish Troubles, and 9/11. Dr. Carter-Chand will discuss various ways that Salvationists have tried to uphold the principles of internationalism and political neutrality, as well as the ways in which war challenges these efforts. 

Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand is the Acting Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Her areas of research include the history of minority churches in Nazi Germany and the Salvation Army during World War II.  Her publications on Salvation Army history include, “The Politics of Being Apolitical: The Salvation Army and the Nazi Revolution” in Word & Deed (2016) and “A Relationship of Pragmatism and Conviction: The International Salvation Army and the German Heilsarmee in the Nazi Era” in Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History (forthcoming 2020).  She is currently co-editing a volume, Religion and Ethnonationalism in the Era of the Two World Wars (with Kevin Spicer, under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press). 

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021 – 7:00 PM CST (8:00 PM EASTERN)

Dr. Andrew M. Eason presents “George Scott Railton: Father of Salvation Army World Missions”

William and Catherine Booth may have been responsible for the rise of the Salvation Army in Victorian East London, but the character and development of their Protestant organization owed a tremendous amount to their earliest lieutenant—George Scott Railton (1849-1913). Recruited from Wesleyan Methodist circles in the early 1870s, Railton helped to fashion or fortify many fundamental features of Salvationist identity, such as Christian militarism, female ministry, self-denial and sensational tactics. And even more significantly, he was the first Salvationist to view these distinctive attributes from an international perspective, envisioning them as the best ways to win the world for Christ. Inheriting a global outlook from his missionary parents, Railton effectively became the father of Salvation Army world missions. In print and in practice, he did the most to transform the Salvation Army into a multinational evangelical movement.

Dr. Andrew Eason is Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies at Booth University College. His major field of research is the history of The Salvation Army with a special focus on Salvation Army missions.  His published works include Women in God’s Army (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) as well as the edited volumes Boundless Salvation:  The Shorter Writings of William Booth (Peter Lang) and Settled Views:  The Shorter Writings of Catherine Booth (Lexington Books) which he co-edited with Dr. Roger Green.