For the Living of These Days: Reclaiming Theology as a Public Resource
The 102nd Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference
January 28–30, 2003
"For the Living of These Days: Reclaiming Theology as a Public Resource" was the theme of Pacific School of Religion's 102nd annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Inspired by the life and ministry of the late PSR Professor Robert McAfee Brown (1920–2001), the three-day event explored ways that faith communities can take a greater leadership role in shaping public discourse in a troubled world.
This year's Earl Lecturers were Gustavo Gutiérrez, renowned Latin American liberation theologian; Nancy Ammerman, sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary; Gary Dorrien, theologian and chaplain at Kalamazoo College; and PSR Associate Professor Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan. The Earl Preacher was Thomas Hoyt, Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and new President of the National Council of Churches.
Two round-table discussions featured Sydney Brown, Director of the Northern California Interfaith Council on Economic and Environmental Justice; Daniel Ellsberg, best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers; John Fife, Presbyterian minister and one of the founders of the US Sanctuary Movement; C. Welton Gaddy, Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance; retired United Methodist Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly; Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; and Hubert Locke, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs.
Pastoral Conference workshops addressed a wide range of issues concerning theology and public life, including congregation-based community organizing, militarism, spirituality and civic engagement, post-9/11 worship, social change movements, ethics and the bible, and many other topics.