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Cole Lectures

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2014 Cole Lectures

to be delivered by

Tex Samples

Tex Sample

Robert B. And Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society, Saint Paul School of Theology

Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:00 p.m., Benton Chapel

Friday, October 3, 2014
10:00 a.m., Benton Chapel


Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Talking the Talk—Walking the Walk: Fluency and Other Material Practices in Ministry

This lecture focuses on the critical role of language and concepts in the shaping of experience in the work of ministry. The  focus will be explicitly on skills and their training and development.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Walking the Ministry: The Formation of Material

This lecture focuses on the apprenticeship learning of key practices in ministry, where freedom and faithfulness are understood as the capacity to work in the rhythms and flows of a form of life.

Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 "for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion." Cole's gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.

The lectures have been delivered by such distinguished scholars as Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, Rudolph Bultmann, H. Richard Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Walter Brueggemann, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, James Barr, Gustavo Gutierrez, James Cone, Edward Farley, Don Beisswenger, Gene TeSelle, David Buttrick, Jim Wallis, Lamin Sanneh, Mark Noll, Randall Balmer, James Lawson, John O'Malley, R. Scott Appleby and many others.

The Cole Lectures are free and open to the public.