Mountain Top Lectures


Over the last several years a number of independent book clubs in North Georgia have been reading books that explore various aspects of our religious heritage and spirituality.  Many of us have attended theological lectures and felt there would be an interest in offering lectures in North Georgia to learn more about the origin and evolution of our religious heritage.

To this end, we have created The Mountain Top Lectures to host scholars on a wide range of issues of religion and spirituality in a north Georgia setting. We host three lectures per year, one in the spring, one in the summer and one in the fall at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls state park in Dawsonville, Georgia.  

Since we began in 2010, we have been very fortunate to host some of the most prominent authors and speakers on religion: Dr. Amy Jill Levine, Dr. Marcus Borg, Dr. Robin Meyers, Dr. Bart Ehrman, and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bouregault,     Dr. Brian McLaren . Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. John Dominic Crossan and Rabbi Rami Shapiro.

If you have an interest or curiosity about how Christianity and other religions developed and the challenges they face in the 21st century, you will want to join us at Mountain Top Lectures.

We try to limit the number attending our lectures to around 120 to provide an intimate setting for questions and discussion.

2015 Lecture Series speakers -

  • April 14-16 - Spirituality Retreat with Rami Shapiro
  • May 15-16 - Dr. Owen Flanagan
  • August 8 - Dr. Kirby Godsey
  • November 13-14 - Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

2016 Lecture Series speakers -

  • Spring - Rev. Dr. Michael Dowd
  • Summer - Dr. Imad Enchassi
  • Fall - Rev. Dr. John Phillip Newell

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Summer Lecture - (one day)
Saturday August 8th
Registration is closed for this lecture

Dr. Kirby Godsey
Author and former President of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

“Most Christians assume that Christianity is the one and only religion that is God-inspired and that carries the imprimatur of God’s blessing,” laments R. Kirby Godsey. In his new book, Is God a Christian?, Godsey sets out to oppose that assumption, and to argue that “the stakes for mankind have grown too high for any of us to engage our faith as if our understanding of God represents the only way God’s presence may be known in the world.”

Lecture one: The God Particle
This lecture focuses on the radical advances in understanding our universe, even though there remains so much to be known, and the fundamental building blocks of matter on the subatomic level. As Christians, we need to learn how to speak of God in the light of new cosmological narratives.

Lecture two: The Boson and other Myths of God
In this lecture, I plan to talk about myth as the way we speak of God, to discuss the difference between truth and fact and to explore myths of God in other world religions as well as Christianity.

Lecture three: The Compelling Mystery
I will discuss how the Mystics help us in our speaking of God and what the Ultimate Creative Mystery means for how we conduct our lives and help us embrace an understanding of God that reaches beyond the narrow boundaries of competing religions.

Fall Lecture

Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor
November 13-14

Divine Array: Religious Others and the Otherness of God

Lecture 1: The Problem of the Stranger

Lecture 2: The Melchizedek Effect

Lecture 3: How to Be a Perfect Stranger


The Genesis Library -
A great resource to enhance your book club, start a small discussion group or support your Sunday School class.

Mountain Top Lectures is offering free access to a resource library of DVD 's and CD's to registered groups to help facilitate local discussion on topics of religion and spirituality.

This program will be available only to registered groups under the Genesis Project guidelines. The only cost to the group will be the cost of return postage to material back to the Genesis Project. The Genesis Project will pay for the outbound postage.

To participate in this program you must register your group. Please click on this link to download the Registration Form. You need to complete and sign the form and mail to us.

Genesis Project Group Registration Form.docx

Review the current list of resource materials available through the Genesis Project
Inventory by title - July 6, 2015.pdf
Inventory by Author July 6, 2015.pdf
After your group has registered and you may order materials from our resource library.

To order material, please submit a Genesis Project Material Request Form.

Genesis Project Request Form .docx
New DVD's just added to lending library
The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg
2 - DVD's with four lectures
  • Seeing the foundations again - Bible and traditions
  • Seeing faith again - Not belief but relationships
  • Transformation - Born again & dying and rising
  • Social transformation - Kingdom of God and Jesus as LordHow
Connections Live! 2012 by Robin Meyers
2 - DVD's with four lectures
  • Galilean sage or Supernatural Savor?
  • The underground church: Reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus
  • Being subversive for the cause of love: What would it look like?
  • Presentation by lay panelists
The Change that changes Everything: Lifestyle-base spirituality by Richard Rohr
2 - DVD's with four lectures
  • How we see and don't see
  • Contemplation as an alternative to conscientiousness
  • The rediscovery of seeing
  • Implications for Religion, Relationships and Politics

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