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.  

Our mission is to foster a better understanding of religion, theology, spirituality and science 
and how that impacts our lives in the 21st century.

Mountain Top Lectures in collaboration with the University of North Georgia 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 Hoag Auditorium at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA.

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 spring, 
Rev. Michael Dowd.

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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Important notice
We have relocated our lecture series to the 
Hoag Auditorium at the University of North Georgia in
Dahlonega, GA 

Directions to Hoag Student Center (#3 on map)  See link below for campus map.

Parking is next door to the Hoag Student Center at L14.  

Signs will be present to help direct traffic.

2016 Lecture Series speakers -

August 27- Dr. Imad Enchassi

November 11-12 - Rev. Dr. John Phillip Newell

2017 Lecture Series speakers -

April 7-8 - Pastor Phillip Gulley

August 26 - Dr. Mark Muesse

November 3 -4  - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

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27 Aug 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Hoag Auditorium, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2016 Summer Lecture
Saturday August 27, 2016

at the Hoag Auditorium at the
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA

“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 

Sponsor tickets sales will begin June 27th and public ticket sales will begin July 6th

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

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

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:

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