Trinity is honored to host eminent lecturers on a variety of topics throughout the year, including our Price Lecture Series every spring.
2015 Price Lecture Series
Elaine Pagels on the Jesus of the Gospel of Thomas
Sunday, February 22
One of the world’s foremost scholars of religion, Dr. Elaine Pagels will speak about her groundbreaking work on the Jesus of the canonical Gospels and the Jesus one meets in the Gospel of Thomas. In addition to the usual format of lecture followed by a time for audience response, there will be an opportunity for contemplative practice for those who would like to pray in response to the Jesus they have met through the lecture and discussion. Dr. Pagels is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her work on the extra-canonical writings of ancient Christianity spurred a revolution in the field of New Testament Studies and brought the exciting, urgent, and wonderful diversity of early Christianity to vivid life. This lecture is co-sponsored by Trinity & Contemplative Outreach of Boston.
Traces of the Trade with Dain and Constance Perry
Sunday, March 1
Light Lunch @ 12:30 pm, Commons
Showing of Traces of the Trade @ 1:00 pm, Forum
Reflections & Discussion @ 2:30 pm, Forum
After a light luncheon, Dain and Constance Perry will screen Traces of the Trade, an Emmy-nominated documentary that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America, and will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. Shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, Traces of the Trade follows the journey of one family into the dark past of the slave trade from which their ancestors profited. Dain Perry, a member of this family, and his wife Constance travel as a team to screen the film and encourage group discussion of the legacy of slavery.
Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age
Wednesday, March 25
NY Times best-selling author, and Boston Globe correspondent, James Carroll will be speaking out of his recently published book Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. Drawing on the best of contemporary scholarship, as well as his own reflections as a believer, Carroll addresses the essential question for all Christians: who is Jesus the Christ for us and for our time in history?
Far from merely another book on the “historical Jesus,” Carroll probes topics that are vital for us as Christians today: the essential Jewishness of Jesus, the wide-ranging impact of his life and ministry even into the present, what it means that he is proclaimed and followed as Son of God, his importance for the marginalized of his day—especially women—and the strong witness against violence of his life, death, and resurrection. Come hear this deeply faithful man and scholar as he leads us in reflections that can widen our faith. There will be a book signing after the Lecture.
Lauren Winner on Overlooked Ways of Meeting God
Sunday, April 12
Author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren Winner is a leading voice at the crossroads of spirituality and culture, and a vibrant exponent for the renewal of spiritual life among young Americans. She will be speaking out of her new book exploring neglected images of God whose richness and depths can help revive and deepen our spiritual lives. Part of our Price Lecture Series.