Sponsor registration will begin on February 7th and public registration will open on February 21st.
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.
Our mission is to foster a better understanding of religion, theology, spirituality and science
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, and this year, Rev. Michael Dowd, imam Enchassi and Rev. Dr. John Phillip Newell.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 limit the number attending our lectures to provide an intimate setting for questions and discussion.
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2017 Lecture Series speakers -
April 7-8 - Pastor Phillip Gulley
August 26 - Dr. Mark Muesse
November 3 -4 - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF
2018 Lecture Series speakers -
April 6-7 - Dr. Justin Barrett
August 25 - Rev. Gretta Vospers
November 9-10 - Rev. Brian McLaren
Dr. Harry Gilmer is a founding board member of Mountain Top Lectures. Last year he moved to Mississippi to be closer to family. He continues to research and write on matters affecting those who are pilgrims seeking to follow the way.
“He has just published a new work titled “Living Into A Life Of Faith”. Also, the book is currently available on Amazon. The Amazon link is Living Into A Life Of Faith.
How do we keep our heart and head together? Gilmer says that this is one of the most difficult tasks that thinking people face. In this memoir of his intellectual and spiritual journey lasting over seven decades, Gilmer has delineated the eternal tension between tradition and enlightenment, faith and reason. That tension, he says, is what gives rise to the words set forth in his memoir. How do we reconcile what we know from our sacred traditions [Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc.] with what we know from science and critical study? Can these two kinds of knowledge be reconciled? Are tradition and enlightenment just polar opposites that cannot be reconciled? Gilmer believes that they can be reconciled, but that it is an on going project. The post-modern world continues to search for meaningful sacred metaphors. While the search for meaning is the price we pay for self-consciousness, without it we lead impoverished lives. Gilmer is also the author of The Boisterous Sea Of Liberty: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in America.