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Anthony Pinn: Nimrod and the Unjustified ‘Because’

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Lecture 2 of the Minns Spring 2021 Three-Lecture Series, Overlooked and Despised: Lectures on a Humanist Re-Thinking of Biblical Outsiders

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In the spring 2021 Minns Lectures series, Anthony B. Pinn, PhD, explores whether there is a way for liberal religionists, and humanists more broadly, to read scripture so as to counter Christian justifications for national disregard and hostility. Are there life lessons within scripture that support a more progressive and justice-minded agenda for personal living in community?

In this second lecture in Minns Committee's spring 2021 three-lecture series, Dr. Pinn discusses how the biblical character of Nimrod shows us the value of perpetual rebellion, a necessary virtue for our times.

The respondent is Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This webinar is hosted by First Church in Boston.

The Three Lectures: May 14, 21 & 28, 2021

Lecture 1, Job’s Wife and the Price of Integrity: Job’s wife reveals an unexpected truth, and confronts us with a hard question: What are we willing to live (and die) for?

  • Friday, May 14, 2021, 7:00 pm CDT
  • Respondent: Kim Hampton, Earlham School of Religion graduate, independent consultant, and researcher on the intersections of race, religion, and popular culture
  • Webinar hosted by First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
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Lecture 2, Nimrod and the Unjustified ‘Because' - The biblical character of Nimrod shows us the value of perpetual rebellion, a necessary virtue for our times.

  • Friday, May 21, 7:00 pm EDT
  • Respondent: Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Webinar hosted by First Church in Boston
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Lecture 3, Judas and Making Justice Happen - There are characters we love to hate. Judas is one of them. But from another angle he is also a person with a deep and contradictory commitment to political transformation.

  • Friday, May 28, 7:00 CDT
  • Respondent: Mark Hicks, PhD, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Webinar hosted by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
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