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 27- 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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2016 Summer Lecture
Saturday August 27, 2016

“Explore what Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common” 

Imam Imad Enchassi

 Imam Imad Enchassi is the Imam of the Oklahoma City muslim community. Dr. Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. His experiences as a child surrounded by war and conflict, have shaped his passion as an adult for promoting unity and understanding. When asked about living through the massacres in the Sabra & Shatila Refugee camps, 

Dr. Enchassi says: “Sometimes I think God exposed me to so much hatred and violence, so that I can be a voice for love and peace” 

Imam Enchassi currently serves as Chairman of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City Univer-sity and is on the board of advisors for Oklahoma City University's Wimberly School of Religion. He is an adjunct professor at both Saint Paul School of Theology and Phillips Theological Center 

  • Registration—9am 

  • 1st lecture—10:00: Clarify Top 10 Misconceptions about Islam 

  •  Lunch—12—12:45 

  • 2nd lecture—1pm: The Impact of Culture on the Practice of Islam 

  • 3rd lecture—2:30pm: Muslim Perspective on Jesus and Moses 

Cost is $55 person for lecture series, which includes lunch 

Seating is limited, so register early. 

Sponsor tickets sales will begin June 27th and public ticket sales will begin July 22nd

For more information and / or to register, go to our website at

Listen toMichael Dowd Lectures
on April 15-16

Standing for the future 
Now available thru links below

Lecture 1 - The Evidential Reformation:

Lecture 2 - Reality is Lord:

Lecture 3 - Grace limits timeline:

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 - May 2016.pdf
Inventory by Author - May 2016.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 added to lending library
All Michael Dowd's DVD's now available.
Evolutionize Your Life - 2 disk set
Disk 1
  • Inspiring Naturalism
  • Physical Instincts
  • Internet Gaming Addiction
Disk 2
  • Your Brain's Creation Story
  • Evolution and Infidelity
  • Modern Women with Stone-Age Instincts
Thank God for Evolution - 4hrs
Disk 1
  • Who we are - God and Reality - Facts as God's native tongue - Religions evolve - Evolutionary Integrity
Disk 2
  • Life in an expanding universe - Death and Extinction - How different religions evolved - Seven post-biblical revelations
The Great Story - 2 disk set - 4hrs
Disk 1 - Evolution's Arrow
  • Our expanding universe
  • Cosmic century timeline
  • The next 250 years
Disk 2 - Gifts of The Great Story
  • Reconciles science and religion
  • Transforms our view of chaos
  • Evokes empowering visions of future
We also have available a flash drive with all 38 videos available to download to your computer with 26 hours of material.

To access all Genesis material you must register your group BEFORE ordering material.

See info above on how to register.

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