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 Bourgeault, Dr. Brian McLaren, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. John Dominic Crossan and Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Last year we hosted Dr. Owen Flanagan, Dr. Kirby Godsey and Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor.

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.

Our recent post lecture surveys have indicated a strong interest in spirituality, the connections between science and religion and understanding other religions.  Our future speakers address these issues.

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

2016 Lecture Series speakers -
  • April 15-16 - Rev. Michael Dowd
  • August 6- Dr. Imad Enchassi
  • November 11-12 - Rev. Dr. John Phillip Newell
2017 Lecture Series speakers -
  • May 5 -6 - Pastor Phillip Gulley
  • August 12- Dr. Mark Muesse
  • November 3 -4  - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

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Spring Lecture – April 15 -16 2016

Sponsor registration begins Feb. 15th

Open registration begins March 15th

  Rev. Michael Dowd

Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary eco-theologian and Big History/Pro-Future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science writer / evolutionary educator wife, Connie Barlow — both climate hawks — have spoken to more than 2,000 groups throughout North America since 2002. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series’: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.” Dowd’s passion for proclaiming a pro-science message of inspiration — what he calls “the gospel of right relationship to reality” — has earned him the moniker ‘Rev. Reality’ as he speaks prophetically in secular and religious settings alike about our sacred responsibility to future generations.

God is reality with a personality, not a person outside reality. Any so-called deity that is not synonymous with Reality is not God. Reality is Lord; that’s a fact, not a belief. Indeed, if we don’t appreciate the difference between unnatural persons and undeniable personifications, we can’t possibly understand the world’s myths and religions — and we’ll surely miss what God is telling us today through scientific evidence. Few things matter more than this in a world of ecological degradation and climate chaos. Anyone who doubts this need only watch one or two of the Hollywood star-studded ”Nature Is Speaking” videos that have gone viral in recent months. God’s voice surely includes them all!” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

Friday night lecture – 

7:30pm - The Evidential Reformation: Facts as Scripture, Ecology as Theology

Saturday morning lectures –

9am - Reality Is Lord: A Scientific View of God on an Overheating Planet

11am - Grace Limits and the Big Picture: The Coming Great Reckoning as Great Homecoming

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
Uppity Women of the Bible by Lisa Wolfe
4 - DVD Set (Living the Questions Series)
Disc 1 - Ruth  
Disc 2 - Song of Songs
Disc 3 - Esther
Disc 4 - Judith
Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture
by Walter Brueggemann
Six sessions
1. Moses, Pharaoh, the Prophets and Us
2. The Prophets as Un-credentialed Purveyors of Covenant
3. Moral Coherence in a World of Power, Money, Violence
4. The Shrill Rhetoric that Breaks Denial
5. The Grief of Loss as Devine Judgement
6. The Promissory Language that Breaks Despair
The Jesus Fatwah (Love your Muslim neighbor as yourself)
(Living the Questions Series)

Five sessions
1. Islam 101 - Some of what you need to know about Islam
2. Misconceptions about Islam
3. Islam in America
4. Making connections - Part 1 - Non-Muslims make a case
5. Making connections - Part 2 - Muslims have their say

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