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1990 - 2014 Lectures


New Discoveries in Ancient Galilee

Dr. Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America

Dr. Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Ethics of Drone Warfare

Dr. John Kaag, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


New Medical Miracles: Promises and Pitfalls

Dr. Ronald M. Green, Eunice

Julian Cohen, Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College

Soulful Science: An Evolutionary Theology

Rev. Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution


Jesus and Judaism

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

Troubled Waters: Issues and Politics of Eastern North Carolina’s Waters

I. Clark Wright, Attorney

Chosen for Destruction: A Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story

Mr. Morris Glass


God, Soul, Mind, Brain

Dr. Michael Graziano, Princeton University

Africa: Beyond the Stereotypes

Mr. Jon Sawyer

Dr. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

Dr. James Thomas

Mr. John Beck


New Bern’s Early Religious Communities

Dr. Lauren Winner

Nelson McDaniel

Gwen Bryan

Rev. Msgr. Gerald Lewis

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Dr. Richard A. Lutz, Director Center for Deep-Sea Ecology and Biotechnology, Rutgers University at Centenary United Methodist Church


Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Offshore North Carolina: Could it Happen? Should it Happen? Will it Happen?

Dr. Donald F. Oltz, Petroleum Geologist Director (Ret) Alabama State Oil and Gas Board.

Dr. B.J. Copeland, Marine Ecologist, Vice Chair, North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission.

Dr. Michael F. Orbach, Social Anthropologist, Director (ret.), Duke Marine Laboratory

Climate Change and Polar Ice: Are We Waking Sleeping Giants?

Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D.

The New Dialogue Between Science and Religion

George L. Murphy, Ph.D., M.Div.


Ethics and Embryos: The Issues in Stem Cell Research

Dr. Ronald M. Green, The Eunice.

Julian Cohen, Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Dartmouth College

Toward the 21st Century: A Vision of Women in Church & Society

Sister Theresa Kane


What Americans Need to Know About Muslims and Islam

George W. Braswell, Jr., D. Min. Ph.D.

Nanotechnology and the Future: The Facts and Some Ethical Concerns

Dr. Vicki Colvin


Environmental Health: Life or Half-Life

Dr. Dade W. Moeller

DaVinci Code

Dr. Bart Ehrman

Interfaith Dialogue

Mark J. Pelavin


Healthy Diets and Nutrition

John J. B. Anderson, Ph. D.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

Dr. James C. VanderKam, Ph.D.


The Living Hel of Civil War Medicine Thomas J. Jackson, Presbyterian General

D.r James Robertson, Jr


Dr. Steven Burke


Child prodigy

Eric Sun

Biology of Stem-Cell Research

Dr. Nelson Chao

The Ethics of Stem-Cell Research

Dr. Karen Lebacqz

The Study of Apocalyptic Scripture

Dr. James Effird


Holocaust Survivor

Gizella Abramson


End of Life

Local physicians, attorneys, and ministers.



Dr. Bruce Lawrence, UNC Chapel Hill 

Spirituality and Health

Dr. Harold Koenig


Intersection: Science and Religion

Dr. Story Musgrave, Astronaut

Ethical Human Genetics

Dr. Lawrence Leichtman, M.D.; Dr. Rosemarie Tong, Ph. D; Dr. Joel Shuman, Ph. D


Updating Evolution

Alan Feduccia, UNC, Chapel Hill; Barbara Burkett, Gardner-Webb U.; Chris Toumey, University of Kentucky; Joseph Early, Georgetown U.


Religious Ethics and the Law

Professor Lynn Buzzard, Campbell U., Law School; James Fuller, attorney, Raleigh; The Honorable Mark Martin, Judge; Professor Gordon Beggs


Environmental Justice

Dr. James Fouts

Physics: A Threat to Religion or its Hope?

M. Elton Hendricks, Ph. D

Science to Policy: A Dilemma of Ethics

John D. Costlow, PH. D

Hammering Out Love

Milard Fuler, founder of Habitat for Humanity

1993 & 1994

Religious Themes in Southern Literature

Seven Southern authors presented on seven different Sundays


The End of Life

A two day symposium featuring Rosemaire Tong, Davidson College; Arelene Disogey, Legal Counsel Duke University and NC Medical Society; Charles Swezey, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary; plus local physicians, attorneys, and ministers.


Translating the Bible

Rothermel Sunday School Class: Environmental concerns and Christian approach, especially Eastern North Carolina


Mythology and World Religions

Mythology and the Old Testament

Mythology and the New Testament


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