Ames United Church of Christ
Sunday, February 07, 2016
217 Sixth Street, Ames, Iowa

Theologian in Residence


The purpose of the Theologian-in-Residence Program is to stimulate and challenge our thinking about issues of faith as they are informed by the Bible, religious traditions, and contemporary theological discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public. Preregistration and a fee is only required for those that want to eat the catered lunch. Lunch reservations are now closed! Click here to register your attendance.

Photo of Rev. Barry Lynn Rev. Barry Lynn will be the next speaker with a theme of "God and Government: Are Religious Liberties Crumbling?". Save the dates January 30-31, 2016.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
9:00-10:30 "A Primer on the History of Church and State: It Started in the Schools"
10:45-11:45 "When Political Candidates Step in IT*"  (*the issue of church and state)
1:15-2:30 "And They Will Be Led By a Child: Predictions for the Future"
Sunday, January 31, 2016
9:00-10:30 Panel Discussion
Panel Members: Rev. Barry Lynn,
Dr. Michael Waggoner, Professor of Education, University of Northern Iowa; Editor of Religion & Education,
Dr. Hector Avalos, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Iowa State University,
Mr. Chuck Hurley, Vice President and Chief Counsel, The Family Leader organization, Des Moines, Iowa,
Moderator: Connie Ryan Terrel, Executive Director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
10:45 Worship, Sermon: "Proof Texting with Passion: How the Bible Lends Itself to Political Manipulation";
Barry W. Lynn is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a position he has held since October of 1992. A long-time activist in the civil liberties field, Lynn came to Americans United with an impressive background in church-state issues.
Before accepting the post at Americans United, Lynn held a variety of positions related to religious liberty. From 1984 to 1991 he was legislative counsel for the Washington lobbying office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he frequently worked on church-state issues. From 1974 to 1980 Lynn served in a variety of positions with the national offices of the United Church of Christ, including a two-year stint as legislative counsel for the Church's Office of Church in Society in Washington, D.C.
A member of the Washington, D.C. and Supreme Court bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. In addition, he is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who received his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973. Lynn earned his bachelor's degree at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1970.
An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to debate and discuss First Amendment issues. News programs on which he has appeared include The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Today Show, Nightline, CNN's Crossfire, The Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning America, national nightly news from NBC, ABC and CBS, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Firing Line, and Larry King Live. He also served for two years as regular co-host of “Pat Buchanan and Company” on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and as the Friday co-host of “Common Sense with Col. Oliver North” until North’s recent retirement from radio. Lynn now hosts his own daily syndicated show called “Cultureshocks”.
Lynn is the author of Piety and Politics: The Right-Wing Assault on Religious Freedom and co-author of The Right to Religious Liberty. He writes frequently on First Amendment issues, appearing in such publications as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, American Teacher and Liberty. His op-eds are often published by Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard newspaper chains.
Click here to register for box lunch catered by "The Cafe", a local restaurant. Lunch reservations required by Monday, January 11, 2016.

History of Theologians in Residence

Year Theologian Theme
2016 Barry Lynn "God and Government: Are Religious Liberties Crumbling?"
2015 Ruth C. Duck and
Cynthia A. Wilson
"Spirit-filled Worship and Spirit-filled Congregational Singing"
2014 Phyllis Tickle "Being Christian and Church in 21st Century America"
2013 Gary Dorrien "The Crisis and Necessity of Progressive Theology"
2012 Marva J. Dawn "Worship When God Seems to Be Absent"
2011 Ingrid Mattson "Islam: Rumor and Reality"
2010 Peter Sawtell "Biblical Faith and Ecological Hope: Rethinking Theology for the Health of Creation"
2009 Walter Brueggemann "The Good News of Alternative"
2008 Diana Butler Bass "The Practicing Congregation: Imagining A New Old Church"
2007 Randall Balmer "Perspectives on American Evangelicalism"
2006 Christine M. Smith "Resurrection: Fidelity to This Life"
2005 Amy Jill Levine "Jesus, Gender, and Judaism"
2004 Norman Jackson "Is God’s Justice Irrelevant or Central to Our Faith?"
2003 Dale Bishop "Building Bridges"
2002 Doug Adams "Bringing to Life the Humor in the Bible"
2001 John Shelby Spong "A New Christianity for a New World"
2000 John Dominic Crossan "The Historical Jesus and the Birth of Christianity"
1999 Karen Jo Torjesen "Rethinking Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in Early Christianity"
1998 Tex Sample "Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity: Doing Ministry in Oral, Literate, and Electronic Cultures"
1997 George A. Drake "Puritanism"
1996 Rita Nakashima Brock "Who Do You Say That I Am?"
1995 Robin Scroggs "Exploring the Theology of Paul"
1994 Marcus Borg "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time"
1993 Donald White "The Church and the Environment"
1992 Marty McMane and Alan Johnson "Good News"
1991 Brian Wren "The Language of Worship"
1990 Charles Hambrick-Stowe "Spiritual Roots and Spiritual Growth"
1989 John Bolen "Ethics in the Bible" and
"Faith Development and the Church"
1988 Keith G. Schrag "Creating a Just Peace in Home and Church"
1987 André LaCocque "The Church and the Environment"
1985 Wilson Yates "Art and the Journey of Faith"
1984 Henry Gustafson "A New Vision of the New Testament"