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, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

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 -

  • May 15-16 - Dr. Owen Flanagan
  • August 8 - Dr. Kirby Godsey
  • November 13-14 - Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

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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
Genesis Inventory by Author.pdf
Genesis Inventory by Title.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

We recently added two new DVD's to our Genesis inventory
 The Enneagram as a tool for your Spiritual Journey by Father Richard Rohr
The serious study of the Enneagram shows the importance of Grace and the awakening of the soul.  Gaining clear self-knowledge is a crucial step in this process of becoming fully human.  The Enneagram helps us in this journey.

The Jesus Fatwah  (How to love your (Muslim) neighbor as yourself by Living the Questions

Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

2014 Fall Lecture
November 7-8

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems and essays have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. 

Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, 

Rabbi Rami is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University where he also directs The Writer's Loft, MTSU's creative writing program, and director of Wisdom House, a center for interfaith study, dialogue, and contemplative practice at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville. 

In addition to writing books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, and blogs at

Rabbi Rami's Manifesto

*Everything is a manifestation of the one thing I call God.

*God is not good; good and bad are human categories about which God cares not one bit.

*Life is not controllable, but you can learn to navigate it, and do some good in the process.

*Thoughts and feelings are not controllable directly by the will, but you can do what’s right regardless.

*Religion is a human invention designed to give us the illusion of control from which we can then create a sense of meaning and purpose without admitting we are creating it. In truth, we have no control, we invent what meaning there is, and purpose is only a story we tell to hide from the specter of randomness that haunts us.

*Life has no purpose; life is purpose.

*Sacred texts always reflect the bias of their authors and intended audience. Don’t be surprised that the Torah’s Jews are God’s Chosen; that the Gospels make Jesus the Christ; that the Bhagavad Gita sees Krishna as God; that the Qur’an holds Mohammad as the final Prophet; or thatHarry Pottermakes Harry rather than Hermione the hero.

*Priests, rabbis, pastors, imams, swamis, lamas, and gurus sometimes have your best interest in mind, and always have their best interests at heart. Learn from them, but never turn your life over to them.

*At its best religion is about personal freedom, social justice, and compassion for all living things. At its worst it is about power and control. Religion is rarely at its best.

*Human beings can be taught to see through propagandaundefinedreligious, political, commercial, etc.undefinedovercome its divisiveness, create loving communities, and glimpse the truth through science, art, music, literature, and spiritual practice. What we lack are the teachers to do this.

*Spiritual practice cuts through self and selfishness, reduces conflict, and increases compassion. And that is the best we can do.

Spring Lecture 2015
May 15 - 16

Dr. Owen Flanagan
James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University

One of the world's most important and under-recognized philosophers addresses what is arguably the major cultural question of our times: Can the humanistic and even religious view of human nature be reconciled with science?

Flanagan is a witty, entertaining writer, who eschews the jargon and abstractions that deaden the prose of the vast majority of academic philosophers.

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