Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Breaking news: Minns Lectures start tomorrow!
Here's something I'm frankly shocked not to have heard about before this evening: My doppelganger, Branden Thornhill-Miller, a Unitarian Universalist who is currently a lecturer in the psychology of religion at Oxford, is delivering the 2007 Minns Lectures starting tomorrow. (About the doppelganger part: When we were both students at Harvard Divinity School, Branden and I could sometimes be mistaken for each other with our skinny selves and red hair. When I showed up for community tea one Tuesday during my first year, feeling unjustifiably snazzy in my blue turtleneck, sports coat, and chalice pendant, there was Branden wearing a blue turtleneck, sports coat, and chalice pendant. Curses!)
Branden's a smart guy who has been studying the religious experiences of Unitarian Universalists for a bunch of years now. And he's come back across the pond from
Hogwarts Oxford to tell us what he's learned. Here's the schedule for his Minns Lectures, "The Experience of Religious Varieties: Psychology of Religion for the 21st Century" [pdf]. The first four lectures are this week and next week in Boston and Cambridge. The fifth lecture is in Chicago, and the series concludes in Berkeley.
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. "Psychology of Religion for the 21st Century." First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street.
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. "Religious Refugees and Spiritual Immigrants: The Psychology of Unitarian Universalism." King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, Boston.
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. "The Modern Missionary Position: The Psychology of Fundamentalist Sects in Global Context." First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street.
Thursday, March 22, 5:30 p.m. "What It Means To Be Human: Creativity, Mental Illness, and Religious Experience." Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge.
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. "Challenges for the Psychology of Religion: Fundamentalism, Meaning-Making, and the Future of Religion." Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago.
Thursday, April 5. "Homo Syntheticus: Art, Religion, and the Future Human." Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley.
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 13 March 2007 at 8:52 PM