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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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