Bill McKinney, President and Professor of American Religion and author of the still important book American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future (and--although not on his cv--he is really a heck of a great storyteller) invited me to come up to give one of the annual Earl Lectures at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California on January 27-29th 2009.
This is the 108th (!) Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference. The lectures were established in 1901 to bring prominent religious leaders to Berkeley's university community, and have featured such international figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou, Paul Tillich, and Alice Walker.
Among others, Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye and pastor of Revolution Church, and Karen Ward, founding pastor of Church of hte Apostles in Seattle, will also speak. They will screen the new film on the "new monasticism" titled The Ordinary Radicals, as well.
I will start and finish the conference talking about tradition, innovation, and social change in modern American congregations--with maybe a dash of speculation on the future of religion.
Public lectures are free of charge.