Special Events & Forums
One Book – One Church
Our Adult Education Council has set a priority to help the congregation learn more about the theology, practices and experiences of our interfaith neighbors. Throughout the year we will study together, welcome community leaders and local experts, and engage in interfaith conversations. A highlight of this year’s focus will be our One Book/One Church activities. Our 2017 book selection is Eboo Patel's Acts of Faith: The story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Books are available in the Court of the Ministries Center for the reduced price of $5.00.
On Tues., March 7, in conjunction with our work with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, we hosted Eboo Patel for a public lecture. Here is the audio from that lecture.
On the morning of Sun., April 2, we will gather together for a shared conversation about the book.
The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1997 in conjunction with our congregation’s 125th anniversary. The forums were endowed by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of our church Foundation and have been offered as a service to the community at large. More than 50 guests have helped us to gain fresh perspectives on dilemmas we face and see new options for ways to move forward.
The forums, which are free and open to the public, usually take place on a weeknight at 7:30 p.m. in our Sanctuary. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by a time for questions. For more information, contact Elena Perri.
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders, and one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. Until 2001, she published under the name James Boylan. Today, she is an activist for LGBT people, and transgender men and women in particular, through her writing and her involvement on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Boylan is also the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College and serves as a Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine where she taught for 25 years. An accomplished speaker, she has spoken widely around the United States on gender and imagination, giving plenary and keynote speeches at conferences on diversity and scholarship, at law firms and corporate events, as well as colleges and universities.
The Theologian-In-Residence program is supported by the Theologian-in-Residence Fund in the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Foundation in honor of the Rev. Dr. David B. and Ruth Watermulder. Future theologian presentations will be posted on this page as details become available.