One of Alaska’s truly great religion study opportunities is the Alaska Lay School of Theology sponsored by Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and co-sponsored by the Alaska United Methodist Conference. Each September, notable faculty members from Southern Methodist University (SMU) come to Anchorage to present religious topics of significance. Over two days, participants learn at the feet of excellent Biblical and religion scholars.
My first exposure to this event was several years ago, when I discovered new insights to the parables of Jesus from Alyce McKenzie, SMU’s engaging Levan Professor of Preaching and Worship.
This weekend, Alaskans have an opportunity to participate in this exciting annual event. Two more notables from SMU will be presenting topics of interested to laymen and clergy alike.
Jaime Clark-Soles, SMU Associate Professor of New Testament, will be presenting Matthew: Meaning and Mission. This will be an exploration of first book of the New Testament canon and its meaning/implications for us.
Robin W. Loving, SMU Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics will be presenting Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism. This course is intended as an introduction to the life and thought of Niebuhr, one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century with an emphasis of Niebuhr’s interpretation of American history.
All sessions will be held at United Methodist Church of Chugiak and commence at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, adjourning on Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Online information is available by clicking here where you may download a fully descriptive brochure. The cost is extremely reasonable and well worth the price. You may register online for a discount or pay at the door.
Don’t miss this rare local opportunity to broaden your knowledge of scripture and theology.