Past Events

Spring 2015: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber came through Shreveport as through the Christian Leadership Center's 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner. Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times Bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013). She blogs at Sarcastic Lutheran and Jim Wallis' Gods Politics. Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Daily Beast and on CNN.

Nobody really believes she’s an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it’s the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way…she’s fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of four where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.

Winter 2015: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Author, speaker, and New Monastic Leader Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove visited the Centenary community on Wednesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 29. He comes to Centenary as a Centennial Eminent Scholars Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies and in collaboration with the Yellow House of Highland.Wilson-Hartgrove is a co-compiler of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals and the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism.

Spring 2014: Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle came to Shreveport through the Christian Leadership Center's 8th Annual Fundraising Dinner. Phyllis Tickle is the founding editor of the Religion Department of Publisher's Weekly, the international journal of the book industry. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently Emergence Christianity- What It is, Where It is Going, and Why it Matters; The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why; and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord.
===Fall 2013: C.S. Lewis: The Life and Legacy

Few writers enjoy a broad audience of children, young adults, literary scholars, educators, armchair theologians, and seminarians. But C. S. Lewis—medieval scholar, college professor, radio personality, Christian apologist, writer of letters, keeper of cats, smoker of pipes, maker of stories—is one of them. November 2013 marked half a century since Lewis’s death, and Centenary commemorated this anniversary with a series of events: a documentary screening followed by Q&A, a scholarly talk, two brown bag lunch conversations, an interdenominational panel on Mere Christianity, and a prayer retreat.

Spring 2013: Donald Miller

Donald Miller came to Shreveport through the Christian Leadership Center's 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner. Donald Miller is best known for “saying what we are all feeling,” especially in the realm of Christian spirituality. His candid, disarming style has increased the talkability of our common spiritual longings while decreasing what was a hyper-religious culture. He has had numerous books on the New-Times Bestsellers List including his first hit, Blue Like Jazz that stayed on the list for more than forty weeks.

Fall 2012: Enuma Okoro: Making Our Lives Hospitable to the Holy

Enuma Okoro is a multicultural world-traveled deeply insightful woman in her thirties who understands that the journey of faith is fraught with dips and turns through unlikely sanctuaries. She discovers God in art, museums, and on New York street corners, as well as the opulent Cathedrals and community Gymnasiums. Join us as we learn to live liturgically and share our stories. Okoro joined us on Monday, December 3rd, 2012, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in Kilpatrick Auditorium.

Summer Series 2011: Speaking of Faith

Join Rev. Dawn Young for a six-week series on Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett, host of the NPR radio show "Being." Tippett's spiritual memoir tells a personal narrative through the lens of theological voices from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Annie Dillard and engages questions about such important topics as the science-and-religion debate and the future of progressive Islam. The study will meet Monday nights starting June 13 and ending July 25 (no meeting July 4) from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in Room 108 of the Smith Building at Centenary College.

Passion Narratives: A Lenten Series Exploring the Gospel Accounts of the Death of Jesus

Join Dr. Susan Brayford, Professor of Religious Studies, for a five-week lenten study meeting on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm from March 17 through April 14. Registration: $40 (Centenary discounts apply). Click here for more information and to register.

Reverend Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, welcoming 7500 worshipers weekly. He was named Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the Foundation for Evangelism and one of "Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape" by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. With the Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Rev. Hamilton has authored nine books, including 24 Hours That Changed the World, and several small group studies published by Abingdon Press.

Rev. Hamilton gave the keynote address, "The Future of the Mainline Church of the Resurrection," at the 5th Annual Christian Leadership Center Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. First United Methodist Church of Shreveport hosted us for dinner, book signing, silent auction, and celebration of more than 35 years equipping leaders for the church and world.

Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White

Rev. Mimi McDowell, Minister of Congregational Care at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, led a 5-week study by Rev. Adam Hamilton called Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Where Faith and Politics Meet on Wednesday evenings in early 2011.

In Concert: Jimmy Wallace and The Critics

Several clumps of talented local musicians graced the stage at Anderson Auditorium on Monday, December 20: Jimmy Wallace played his new album, "Working for Peanuts", and The Critics played old and new tunes with Callie Pirtle. Chelsea Norman open as did PedalTones, a duo featuring Centenary students Sarah Duet and Kyle Martin.

Servant Leaders as Agents of Social Change: A Seminar with Brian McLaren

Author, speaker, and pastor Brian McLaren has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980s. More than 90 individuals gathered for this one-day seminar on Monday, November 15, 2010, to consider the gospel itself as a story that puts our feet transformatively in the world. Click here for more information.

The World of CS Lewis
Monday nights in July 2010

Jennifer Strange, CLC community education coordinator and lecturer in Centenary's English Department, led this four-week conversation about the essays of CS Lewis. Click here for more information.

Christian Formation Conference
April 15-16, 2010

The second annual Christian Formation Conference was co-sponsored by the Academy for Spiritual Leadership, the CLC, First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. See the conference webpage for more information.

Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons
February 4, 2010
7-9:30 pm

This documentary about African American Latter-day Saints presents the turbulence in the Mormon church during the Civil Rights movement and discusses how the restriction on black priests was lifted. With never-before-released footage from 1968 and many rare archival photographs, the film includes interviews with renowned scholars, historians, Martin Luther King III, and Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray, retired pastor of the First AME Church of Los Angeles, which was founded by a former slave of Mormon pioneers. This screening, co-sponsored by Centenary's Diversity Committee, included Q&A with the film's producers.

She Ate, She Laughed, She Danced
Spring 2010

Dr. Susan Brayford, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Centenary College, taught this 12-week study series on women of the Old Testament.

Centering Prayer Workshop

Alan Prater, commissioned presenter for Contemplative Outreach International, led a Centering Prayer workshop on Saturday, October 10, where participants learned about and experienced the ancient spiritual discipline of centering prayer. See the event flyer here.

The Book of Jonah: Ancient Satire or Biography?

Join CLC staff member Rev. Valerie Robideaux for a four-week series investigating the Old Testament book of Jonah. Did we leave that disobedient missionary and the big fish back in children's Sunday School? Or can the story speak to adults today?

"Does God Exist?" Live Rebroadcast
April 15, 2009

Christopher Hitchens and Dr. William Lane Craig met in April 2009 at Biola University to debate the question "Does God exist?" The CLC rebroadcast this debate, originally held live before an audience of nearly 4,000 people, for our local community. See the event flyer here.

Christian Formation Conference
March 5-7, 2009

With plenary talks and breakout sessions on personal and congregational soul care, this conference featured spiritual director Wendy Miller. Nearly 70 participants joined together for experiential learning about labyrinth, lectio divina, prayer stations, spiritual direction, journaling and Christian writing, prayer ministries, men's ministry, life transitions, the art of storytelling, Christian formation for the family, spirituality and the arts, and more. For more information, see the conference webpage.

Stanley Hauerwas
February 15-16, 2009

America's foremost Christian ethicist delivered the keynote address entitled "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?" at the Annual CLC Fundraising Dinner on Sunday, February 15, at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. As an Attaway Scholar in Civic Culture, Dr. Hauerwas also visited with students and gave another talk entitled "War and the American Difference" on Monday, February 16, at Centenary College of Louisiana. For more information about these events, click here.

Article VI
October 23, 2008

This provocative documentary discusses the role of faith in American politics. Our screening of the film was followed by a panel discussion featuring Rev. John Robert Black, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bossier; Lindora Baker, Caddo Commissioner; Reed Dickens, former assistant press secretary for President Bush and producer of Article VI; and Dr. Rodney Grunes, professor of political science at Centenary College. For more information, read the press release or click here for a printable flyer with event details (pdf).

The Shack: A Community Conversation
September 25, 2008

Members of the local community gathered to discussed the theological questions raised in William P. Young's blockbuster novel The Shack. A brief panel discussion began the evening, featuring Barbara Jarrell of All-Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Rafe Semmes of Springs of Grace Baptist Church, and Mark Sorensen of First United Methodist in Shreveport. Then the audience shared their own responses and questions in roundtable format. Click here for a printable flyer with event details (pdf). For a DVD of the event, call the Christian Leadership Center at 318.869.5156.

Entrepreneurial Ministries with Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell

CLC supporters shared lunch at Shreveport's Broadmoor UMC on April 16, 2008, and heard an inspiring word from Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village UMC in Houston, TX. Windsor Village is an entrepreneurial church that has created several not-for-profit corporations to address community needs, like a 450-home housing development with a nearby commercial tract to support the community's grocery and service needs. Click here for a printable flyer with event details (pdf).

Mormons in America: Where Do They Fit?

In a visit co-sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dr. Richard Bushman gave a series of lectures and seminars April 1-6, 2008, encouraging dialogue between the Mormon Church and the larger Christian community. For more information about Dr. Bushman and his visit to Centenary, click here.

Christian-Muslim Relations

Held February 28 through March 1, 2008, this interfaith symposium on Muslim and Christian relations featured lectures, workshops, and panel discussions concluding with a Middle Eastern meal prepared by members of the local Muslim community. Dr. Peter Huff, T. L. James Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Centenary and author of What Are They Saying About Fundamentalisms? (Paulist Press), spoke on “The Muslim-Christian Encounter: Past, Present, and Future.” Special guest, Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Associate Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, performed a “peace concert” featuring his own compositions based on poems by Middle Eastern children. Click here for a printable flyer with event details (pdf).

Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church "Every Member in Ministry" Satellite Conference

Frazer Memorial UMC of Montgomery, AL, brought their twice-annual EMIM conference to Shreveport on January 18-19, 2008. Clergy and laity alike learned valuable skills for involving members more actively in the life of their church. Click here for a printable flyer with event details (pdf).

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Maegan Daigle
Assistant Director