Lecture series

A course of 53 lectures to get you thinking about Christian theology.

These weekly Zoom discussions each focus on a theological lecture, available online, which participants are expected to have watched or listened to beforehand. Each discussion is introduced with a brief recapitulation of the argument of the week’s lecture (usually by the Minister!) and some suggestions for points of discussion. After that the floor is open. By way of light relief, each week’s video link is accompanied by one suggested gospel song for listening to during the week, and each ‘live’ (i.e. real-time) discussion also begins by listening together to another song from the playlist.

The Zoom link for the discussion is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87179878823. Weekly links for the lectures and songs
will be sent to the church circulation list, and are also shown below where already available.

More information about the lecture series can be found here.

Upcoming lectures and songs

Date Lecture Song
1 January 2021

Rowan Williams:
The Intellectual Renewal of the Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHa9etSOL7Y

Reverend Luis Overstreet:
Holiness Dance

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

8 January 2021

Denys Turner (on Jonathan Miller’s The Atheism Tapes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcQd9AarsLw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAMhwnhbqOc

Lightnin Hopkins:
Needed Time

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

 

15 January 2021

William Schweiker:
God, Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilties

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WoPIvRtyRk

Silver Quintette:
Sinner’s Crossroads

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

22 January 2021

Sarah Coakley:
A New 'Ethico-Teleological' Argument for God's Existence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8dm0GrT5C8

Roberta Flack:
I Told Jesus

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

 

29 January 2021

Willie Jennings:
The Origin of Race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5ZGwuwcHV0

Charles Johnson and the Dynamic Gaylarks:
God Got His Eyes On You

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

5 February 2021

Rowan Williams:
Religious Language Under Pressure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMinWU2OmIo

Roy Lanham & His Gospel Quartet:
We Will Know

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

12 February 2021

Janet Soskice:
Image, Christology and Ethics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw7pn4TA1tE 

John Lee Hooker:
Will the Circle Be Unbroken

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

19 February 2021

Merold Westphal:
Atheism for Lent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qroZtl_Ztks 

Tindley Quaker City Gospel Singers:
Hallelujah Side

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

26 February 2021

Denys Turner:
Faith, Reason and the Eucharist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovjhYu5IGSQ

The Soul Stirrers:
He’s Been a Shelter For Me

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

5 March 2021

Rowan Williams:
The Tree of Knowledge: Bodies, Minds and Thoughts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbzcG-YLnr0

Various Artists:
Jesus is Alive

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

12 March 2021

William Cavanaugh:
The Eucharist as Politics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXDMJ4X-IfI

Jaybird Coleman:
O’m Gonna Cross The River O’Jordan Some O’These Days

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

19 March 2021

William Schweiker:
Does Religion Have a Future? (am)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk4FsMhjLe8

Various Artists:
I Love the Lord

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

26 March 2021

William Schweiker:
Does Religion Have a Future? (pm)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGuWW2_bUAc

Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers:
Come And Go To That Land

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

1 April 2021

Rowan Williams:
Teresa of Avila as a Theologian of the Euchari

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TNKipIBUko

Otis Jackson:
Tell Me Why I Like Roosevelt

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

9 April 2021

Sarah Coakley:
Resurrection: How Can I Believe It?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i1XChVRwsY

The Roberta Martin Singers:
Old Ship of Zion

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

16 April 2021

Sarah Coakley:
Ascension: What Does It Mean For Us That “Christ Ascended Into Heaven?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPevHWP4htI

The Brooklyn All Stars:
Blessed Be the Name of God

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

23 April 2021

Robert Jenson:
Creed, Scripture and their Modern Alienation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5inULwpiJY

Robert Johnson:
Preachin’ Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

30 April 2021

Robert Jenson:
The Tanakh as Christian Scripture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5z1E407VZc

Hank Williams:
I Saw the Light

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

7 May 2021

Rowan Williams:
The Finality of Christ in a Pluralistic Society

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VyMtQsOlKI

The Handsome Family:
Dry Bones

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

14 May 2021

Robert Jenson:
The New Testament as Regula Fidei

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOYIBpS7bao

40 George Curry (One Man Quartette):
Fire Down Yonder

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

21 May 2021

William Schweiker:
God, Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilties #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WoPIvRtyRk

Doc Watson:
Looking T’ward Heaven

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

28 May 2021

Sarah Coakley:
The Coming of the Spirit: What sort of “Interruption”?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRZwqeJns74&list=PLX1NXn73SVcSuRJ_D99mCdIx0gq1Ncf0v&index=7 

Aretha Franklin:
Precious Lord, Take My Hand / You’ve Got a Friend

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

4 June 2021

Rowan Williams:
Christ, Creator and Creature: Reflections on Christology and the Nature of Created Being. [sic]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsEbWMsaYm4 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe:
Nobody’s Fault But Mine

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

11 June 2021

Sarah Coakley:
The Doctrine of the Trinity: What does it mean and why do we need it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbZ4SXgGw1c&list=PLX1NXn73SVcSuRJ_D99mCdIx0gq1Ncf0v&index=6

Bessie Jones and Georgia Sea Island Singers:
O Death

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

18 June 2021

Robert Jenson:
The Apostle’s Creed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVnr2hcRgtE 

The Five Blind Boys (Archie Brownlee and Rev. Percell Perkins):
Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

25 June 2021

Robert Jenson:
The Creed as Critical Theory of Scripture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLPY0FaaKII

Blind Willie Johnson:
Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

1 July 2021

Rowan Williams:
Binding the Sacrifice: Theological Parodies in The Merchant of Venice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLwILPsooUY

The Swan Silvertones:
Keep My Heart

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

9 July 2021

Robert Jenson:
Genesis 1.1 and Luke 1.26-38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDeF-qRKtg4

The Swan Silvertones:
I’m Coming Home

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

16 July 2021

William Schweiker:
The Saint and the Humanities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q72n1ALyCfM

The Swan Silvertones:
Milky White Way

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

23 July 2021

Ben Quash:
Imaginative Hope

https://vimeo.com/425194618

The Sensational Nightingales:
God’s Word Will Never Pass Away

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

30 July 2021

Vittorio Montemaggi:
Encountering Mercy: Dante, Mary, and Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5tIDgBLn2E

The Gate City Singers:
Peace In The Valley

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

6 August 2021

Rowan Williams:
Presentation on David Jones

https://vimeo.com/479031322

The Modernaires of Petersburg:
The Sinner Man Stood At The CrossRoads!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

13 August 2021

Nicholas Konstas:
St. Maximus the Confessor: A Bridge Between the Churches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g2vK_hwmzQ

Five Blind Boys of Mississippi:
Sending up my timber

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

20 August 2021 Kallistos Ware:
On the Divine Liturgy Pt. 1
 
27 August 2021

Kallistos Ware:
On the Divine Liturgy Pt. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-f47DL5fWg

Dr. C. J. Johnson:
You Better Run

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

3 September 2021

Rowan Williams:
The Contribution of Orthodoxy in Cambridge and Beyond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ydq-lSUSgY

Paul Robeson:
Swing Low Sweet Chariot

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

10 September 2021

Elizabeth Theokritoff:
Ecology and Christian tradition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNnclcJgC38

The Fantastic Violinaires:
Come and Go With Me

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

17 September 2021

John Milbank:
Creation, Spirit and Time: Towards an Ecological Personalism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBuWHfJc57E

The Jones Brothers:
Gospel Train

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

24 September 2021

Elizabeth Theokritoff:
The book of creation: How do you read?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQmRCd0wbW8

Edwin Hawkins:
Lord Don’t Move That Mountain

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

1 October 2021

Rowan Williams:
LEST XII Lecture)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD5-SxGXbew&feature=emb_logo

Len Wade:
Do Lord

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

8 October 2021

Paul Daffyd Jones:
Liberation Theology After Charlottesville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_7YUiaqnZ4

O. V. Wright and The Sunset Travelers:
Sit Down And Rest Awhile

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

15 October 2021

M Shawn Copland:
Theology and the Weight of the World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVq0SitY4ag

Sly Stone:
Walking In Jesus Name

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

22 October 2021

M Shawn Copland:
Bearing Witness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enb0xFYtC0g

The Soul Stirrers:
God Is Standing By

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

28 October 2021
(Thursday)

M Shawn Copeland:
Giving an Account of Our Hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA6UWzobnAY

Precious Bryant:
I’ve Got a New Home Over in Zion

5 November 2021

Rowan Williams:
The Deadly Simplicities of Adolf von Harnack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkDk5fnOZI0

Mississippi John Hurt:
Since I’ve Laid My Burden Down

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

12 November 2021

Willie Jennings:
Disrupting Image

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsQ8JGafhB0

The Golden Gate Quartet:
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

19 November 2021

Sarah Coakley:
A Theology of Desire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxkHBKM4hMQ

The Swanee Quintet:
Where Can I Go

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

26 November 2021

William Schweiker:
God, Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilties #3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WoPIvRtyRk

Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke:
Nobody but You Lord

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

3 December 2021

Rowan Williams:
A Good Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc6rNoHFKxE

Edna Gallmon Cooke:
Leaking In This Building

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa 

10 December 2021

Stanley Hauerwas:
Facing Nothingness – Facing God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzGixJsSozU

Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke:
The Lost Sheep

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrT3bVIpQVHQJlqWqSISPvSo2m3IlKXYa

17 December 2021 Jeremy Summerly:
Medieval Carols
 
24 December 2021 Gabriel Radle:
Saint Nicholas
 


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