Embracing Radical Inclusivity
The Foundation for Contemporary Theology is an autonomous educational organization. We do not proselytize in any way and we are not affiliated with a denomination, church, synagogue, mosque, or any other religious or secular group. We encourage nominal and skeptical believers of all faiths and of no faith to join us on a journey that embraces and promotes radical inclusivity and comprehensive compassion in working together for the common good.
We have two interrelated goals in accommodating journeys of the past with the present and the future: we shall continue to provide the tools for critical discussion and debate on the transformative theological crisis that American Christianity has been undergoing for more than a century, and we are now exploring religious perspectives on a variety of contemporary issues that speak to our commonality as human beings. Every event is open to the public.
All Foundation programs are presently funded only by personal donations and registration fees only. Please consider sponsoring, underwriting or partially underwriting an event that holds particular interest for you. Or, you may contact us with regards to our developing endowment program. You can have a stake in the spread of progressive Christianity for now and in the future! You may reach us through the contact information listed under the "More" menu.
With the retirement of Les Switzer (executive director) and Ruth Seeliger (chair of the Board) at the end of the year, the Foundation for Contemporary Theology’s Board of Directors will be in the midst of intensive strategic planning for the future in 2016. The content categories on our Website have been placed on hold from January until these plans are finalized. While the present format may be changed, the Board anticipates that the necessary reorganization of the Foundation’s mission and goals will be in place before the end of next year. As always, members will be kept abreast of all new developments. Stay tuned!
SPECIAL EVENT ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Houston Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Lecture: "The Crumbling Wall: Religion in Today's Presidential Politics"
Speaker: John Nichols -- author, journalist, and political commentator; Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine and associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin's daily paper Capital Times.
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NOVEMBER LUNCHEON LECTURE
Our third luncheon lecture speaker in the Fall 2015 series is Rev. Gregory Han.
Topic: "God Is Not One: Religious Literacy and Updated Modes for Interfaith Dialogue?"
Where: Bellaire United Methodist Church, in the Parlor, 4417 Bellaire Blvd.
(there are numerous entrances; there will be signs pointing to the venue)
When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch). If you want to come at the last minute and bring your own lunch,
there will be a $5.00 fee to help pay for the speaker.
Rev. Han will look at the promises and limitations of interfaith dialogue, particularly focusing on the Houston Metropolitan area, one of the most ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse urban regions in the country.
Rev. Han is the Director of Interfaith Relations at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. An ordained Presbyterian Minister, he has pastored churches as well as developed and taught coursework in religion and ethics at the secondary school level. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Please register by the Monday before the event. You can register via PayPal at www.contemporarytheology.org.
JESUS BEFORE CHRIST NOW HAS A NEW E-BOOK EDITION, and it’s available at a cost of $5.99—the same cost as the first edition. The book will be very useful for those Christians who want a better understanding of their own Christian background, but it is aimed at the skeptical believer, the church dropout, and those who reject the religion but seek to understand the meaning of the Jesus Way. It is both a personal memoir and a provocative study. We believe it will also appeal to those of other faiths or of no faith who may have an interest in the themes explored in these chapters. The second edition clarifies a few issues (including some tables), and corrects or revises various statements in response to readers’ comments. Several references have been added and the language simplified in places to render the text more accessible to the reader. The new edition is available from the following outlets in the United States: iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Copla, Gardners, eSentral, Scribd, Goodreads, Oyster, Flipkart, Cianso, EBSCO and Vearsa. The first edition of the hard copy has been sold out, but depending on demand we may bring out a second paperback edition as well. For more information, contact the Foundation’s website (www.contemporarytheology.org) or email Les Switzer (LSwitzer@flash.net).
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