Southborough L'Abri

Lecture Schedule


 


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Lecture Schedule Winter 2017

All lectures begin at 8:00 pm
Join us for tea and treats starting at 7:45pm
L'Abri Fellowship
49 Lynbrook Road, Southborough, MA 01772


Jan 13   Knowing God and the Ordering of Our Fears
Ben Keyes

Jan 20    Salt, Light, and the Transformation of Society
Dick Keyes

Jan 27   Giving Grief a Shape: The Book of Lamentations and the Christian Life
Joshua Chestnut

Jan 29   Special Event: An Evening with L’Abri on the North Shore

*This is a Sunday event and is not in Southborough.
Hosted by Steve and Betsy Crowe at 2 Butman St, Beverly, MA 01915
Event will be from 6-9 PM and will include a brief presentation about life at L’Abri in Southborough.
There will be refreshments and plenty of time to mingle and ask questions. Please RSVP at southborough@labri.org

Feb 3   Finding Sabbath Rest in a World that Never Stops
Mary Frances Giles
 
Feb 10   Befriended by God to Befriend One Another
Sarah Chestnut
 
Feb 17   What Does it Mean to be Made in God’s Image?
(Given in conjunction with our Winter Seminar, see below)
Ben Keyes
 
Feb 18   Winter Seminar – Who Does God Say We Are? The Contemporary Importance of the Image of God
(*This is a Saturday, see below for full schedule)
 
Feb 24   An Evening of Scottish Fiddle Music
Hanneke Cassel
 
March 3  The Great Divorce: Ten Reasons for Refusing Heaven
Linny Dey (Co-Founder and Academic Dean, the Imago School)
 
March 10   Fate, Luck, and Providence
Dick Keyes
 
March 17   From the Gospel to the Gospels - Part One: What is a Gospel and How Did We Get Them?
Joshua Chestnut
 
 


Winter Seminar
Who Does God Say We Are? The Contemporary Importance of the Image of God 
February 17-18, 2017

 

Friday February 17             
8:00pm Lecture 1: What Does it Mean to be Made in God’s Image?                              
Ben Keyes
 
Saturday, February 18
9:30am Welcome
9:35 Lecture 2: What if we do away with the Image of God?
Dick Keyes
10:45 Tea Break
11:15 Discussion
12:15 Lunch (provided at L’Abri)

The Image of God Expressed
1:15 Classical Piano Performance               
Danny Lawson
2:00 Presentation                 
Adam Combs, Waypoint Adventure  
2:45 Tea break
3:15 Discussion
4:15 Close


*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation NO LATER THAN Thursday, February 16Th to southborough@labri.org. The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

*The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, February 17. Attendance both days is not required.

*Limited overnight accommodations may be available at L'Abri on the evening of Friday, February 17Th. Spaces will be released starting on February 1st. Please email southborough@labri.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list for overnight accommodations, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.


 

Fall 2016 Lecture Schedule


Sept 23    Staying At the Table: the Humanness of Spirituality
Mary Frances Giles
Sept 30    Songwriters Who Won’t Leave God Alone
Ben Keyes
Oct 7    Original Tolerance: Accepting People Who Are Different (*Given in conjunction with our Fall seminar; see below for full schedule) 
Dick Keyes

*Oct 8    Fall Seminar - Tolerance: An Idea in Transition
(*This is a Saturday - see below for full schedule)

 
Oct 14    Praying With Your Whole Person: Reflections on What it Means to Fast
Joshua Chestnut
 
Oct 21    Special Lecture and Concert: Musical Devotion During the Counter Reformation
Rachel Kurihara and friends
 
Oct 28    Is the Old Testament God of Smiting the Same as the New Testament God of Love?
Dr. Walter Kim (Associate Minister, Park Street Church, Boston)  
 
Nov 4    “Your Young Will See Visions and Your Elders Will Dream Dreams”: A Biblical Case for Age Integration
Mardi Keyes
 
Nov 11    Remembering Rightly: Memory and Memorial in the 21st Century
Marta Crilly (Historian and Archivist, City of Boston)

 


* Fall Seminar - Tolerance: An Idea in Transition
October 7-8, 2016

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Friday, October 7
8:00 pm: Lecture 1: Original Tolerance: Accepting People Who Are Different (Dick Keyes)

Saturday, October 8
9:30 am: Welcome
9:35: Lecture 2:  New Tolerance: When Tolerance is the Only Certain Truth (Dick Keyes)
10:45: Tea Break
11:15: Discussion
12:15: Lunch (provided at L’Abri)
1:30: Lecture 3: How Should Christians be Tolerant Today? (Dick Keyes)
2:45: Tea Break
3:15: Discussion
4:30: Close
 

*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation NO LATER THAN Thursday, October 6 to southborough@labri.org. The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

*The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, October 7. Attendance both days is not required.

*Limited overnight accommodations may be available at L'Abri on the evening of Friday, October 7. Spaces will be released starting on September 7. Please email southborough@labri.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list for overnight accommodations, and you will be notified if/when space becomes available.

 

 
Summer 2016 Lecture Schedule


May 13       The L'Abri Story from Switzerland to Southborough
Mardi Keyes
 
May 20       The Father Wound and its Impact on Your Spiritual Journey
Rev. Doug Calhoun (Co-Pastor, Redeemer Community Church, Needham, MA)
 
May 27        Living with Longing in a Fallen World
Mary Frances Giles
 
June 3        Can we Call God Mother?
Jeffery Banks
 
June 10       A Faith Worth Fighting For? Reflections on Christianity and Non-Violence
Joshua Chestnut

 
June 17      Imagination in the Christian Life
(*Given in conjunction with our theme weekend; see below for details)
Dick Keyes 

June 24      Ancient/Future World Transformation: The Life and Witness of the Monastic City in Ireland
Rev. Len Cowan (Retired Rector, Church of the Nativity, Northborough, MA)
 
July 1         Independence Day and the Quality of Democracy
Dick Keyes
 
July 8         The Moving Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Ben Keyes
 
July 15        Reflecting on the Incarnation With the Help of Poets
Sarah Chestnut  

 

 
*Theme Weekend: The Gift of Imagination: Our Call to Live Creatively….
June 17th-18th, 2016

 
Friday, June 17th

8:00 PM- Lecture 1:  Imagination in the Christian Life
Dick Keyes

Saturday, June 18th 

9:30am: Welcome
 

9:35: Lecture 2:  Creativity for All: Imagination and Vocation
Sarah Chestnut
 

10:45: Tea Break
 

11:00: Discussion
 

12:00: Lunch (provided at L’Abri)
 

1:15: Lecture 3: Ambiguity in Art: Leaving Room for the Imagination
Ben Keyes
 

2:45: Tea Break
 

3:15: Discussion
 

4:30: Close
 

The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, June 17th. Attendance both days are not required.

The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation ahead of time to southborough@labri.org.

Limited overnight accommodations are available at L’Abri on Friday, June 17 on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional cost ($28/person), and must be booked in advance. Spaces will be released starting June 1. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list, please email us at southborough@labri.org.
 


 
 

SOUTHBOROUGH LECTURE SCHEDULE, WINTER 2016


Jan. 15   Do You Feel the Need For Creeds?
Ben Keyes
                                   
Jan. 22  What is Cultural Apologetics?
Dick Keyes
           
Jan. 29  “That’s not Fair!”: Reflections on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Ben Keyes                            
                                           
Feb. 5  A Case for Spiritual Mediocrity: Why Everyone Should Read Augustine’s Confessions
Joshua Chestnut
                                                                                                               
Feb. 12  Thinking Clearly in an Age of Sound Bites and Viral Videos                
Danny Burbeck (Former L'Abri Workers)
 
Feb. 19    “Glory be to God”: Word, World and Worship in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins 
Sarah Chestnut
 
Feb. 26  Who Needs Jesus and Why? The importance of the Human Condition in Christian Apologetics                       
Dick Keyes
 
March 4  The Family We Might not have Chosen: Can Christians Who Disagree be Unified?
Ben Keyes
 
March 11 Following the Slain Lamb into the New Creation: the Bible’s Final Word of Hope
Joshua Chestnut
 
*March 12 Winter Seminar: “’Fear Not’: Living Hope in an Atmosphere of Crisis”
(*This is a Saturday. See below for full schedule)
 
March 18  A Failure of Imagination: Considering Bart Ehrman’s  How Jesus Became God
Joshua Chestnut



*Winter Seminar – “’Fear Not’: Living Hope in an Atmosphere of Crisis”
March 11-12, 2016
 
Friday, March 11, 2016
8:00 pm: Lecture 1: Following the Slain Lamb into the New Creation: the Bible’s Final Word of Hope
Joshua Chestnut
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:00am: Arrival and Welcome
 
9:30: Lecture 2: Christians in the Roman Empire – A Persecuted Minority That Changed the World
Mardi Keyes
 
10:45: Tea Break
 
11:00: Discussion
 
12:00: Lunch (provided at L’Abri)
 
1:15: Lecture 3: Being Salt and Light in Times of Crisis
Dick Keyes
 
2:45 Tea Break
 
3:15 Discussion
 
4:30 Close
 
The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, March 11. Attendance both days is not required.
The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation ahead of time to southborough@labri.org.
Limited overnight accommodations are available at L’Abri on Friday, March 11 on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional cost ($28/person), and must be booked in advance starting February 20.
 


FALL LECTURE SCHEDULE, 2015
All lectures begin at 8:00 pm 
Join us for tea and treats starting at 7:45pm
L'Abri Fellowship
49 Lynbrook Road
Southborough, MA 01772

 
Sept. 18    The Apostle Paul - Follower of Jesus or Creator of a Different Religion?
Dick Keyes

Sept. 25    Christianity - The White Man’s Religion?
Aba Udofa (Founder, Diving Deeper, Hartford, CT)

Oct. 2 “Know Thyself” – Do Personality Inventories Help or Hinder?
Adele Calhoun (Co-Minister, Redeemer Community Church, Needham, MA)
 
Oct. 9   Humility II: Reflections on a Shy Virtue
Ben Keyes
 
Oct. 16  “But Who Do They Say That I Am?” - Considering Jesus in the “Gospels” That Did Not Make it into the New Testament
Joshua Chestnut

Oct.  23 Hospitality – God’s Mandate for All Christians
Mardi Keyes
 
Oct. 24 Seminar – Hospitality: A Key to Community
(*This is a Saturday. See below for full schedule.)
 
Oct. 30   Shape Note Singing Concert: Choral Selections and Presentation
Adam and Rachel Kurihara and Friends
 
Nov. 6   The Good Work of Loving Words: Thoughts on the Human Call to Steward Language
Sarah Chestnut
 
Nov. 13   Can I be Spiritual Without Being Religious?
Dick Keyes 
 
     *Seminar – Hospitality: A Key to Community
October 23-24, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 pm: Lecture 1: Hospitality – God’s Mandate for All Christians
Mardi Keyes
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00am: Arrival and Welcome

9:30: Lecture 2:  Image-Bearers of a Hospitable God
Ben Keyes


10:45: Tea Break

11:15: Workshop: Table Talk
Sarah Chestnut

12:15: Lunch (provided at L’Abri)

1:30: Lecture 3: “But I Can’t Cook!”: Practical Hospitality for Everyone
Mary Frances Giles


2:45: Tea Break

3:15: Roundtable Discussion (Moderated by Sue Morrell)

4:30: Close
 
The Saturday portion of this seminar is being given in conjunction with our lecture on Friday evening, October 23. Attendance both days is not required.
The seminar is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to offset the cost of lunch on Saturday.

If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation ahead of time to southborough@labri.org.
Limited overnight accommodations are available at L’Abri on Friday, October 23 on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional cost ($28/person), and must be booked in advance. 
 

 

Summer Lecture Series 2015
 
- Joe Martin

May 22   What’s Wrong with Education in America and What We Can Do About It?
- Tyler Thigpen
 
May 29   Father Wound and its Impact on Your Spiritual Journey
- Rev. Doug Calhoun

June 5   Every Christian is Adopted
- Dick Keyes

June 12   Even Death on a Cross: Crucifixion in the Social World of Antiquity
- Joshua Chestnut
 
June 19   Jesus’ Challenge to Doubt
- Dick Keyes
 
June  26   “Follow Your Heart -- or Else”: The Tyranny of Feelings in Pop Music
- Ben Keyes
 
July 3  Why was the “First” Fourth of July Important?
- Dick Keyes                                                
 
July 10  The World is the Lord’s Temple: Reading Genesis 1 Through Ancient Eyes 
- Joshua Chestnut
                             
July 17  Humility, Part I: What Christian Humility is Not
- Ben Keyes
 
Winter 2015 Lecture Schedule 
 
 
Jan.  9      Inscrutable and Trivial: Why Most People are Disconnected from Art
Mark Potter  (Artist/Sculptor)
Jan. 10    (9:00 AM) The Gratuitous Nature of Art and the Lessons for Everyone’s Everyday Work                        
               (11:00 AM) Whispering Lies or Whispering Truth? The Importance of Good Art on Everyone’s Kitchen Wall
Mark Potter
 
Jan.  16     Hearing Jesus in the Psalms (Not Recorded)
Rev. Charlie Drew (Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, NYC)
 
Jan.  23     Holiness and Hospitality: Reflections on Jesus’ Meals with “Sinners”
Joshua Chestnut
 
Jan.  30      Life, Liberty and God
Dick Keyes
 

Feb. 6       Why Curiosity is a Christian Virtue
Ben Keyes
 

Feb.  13     Screwtape’s Toast: What Democracy Isn’t
Linny Dey (Co-Founder and Academic Dean, The Imago School, Maynard, MA)
 
Feb.  20     You Have a Friend Request: Saving Friendship from the Twenty-first Century
Mary Frances Giles
 
Feb. 27      Reading Novels as a Spiritual Discipline
Beth Pocock
 

March 6     How Should Christians Be Tolerant?
Dick Keyes
 
March 13   Remembering Together: History, Community and Records
Marta Crilly (Archivist for Reference and Outreach, City of Boston)
 
March 20  What is Thankfulness Without God?
Ben Keyes
 
March 27   What Does it Mean to Fast?
Joshua Chestnut
 
Autumn Lecture Schedule 2014
 
Sept. 19     You Might be More Trinitarian Than You Thought (I): Reflections on the Trinity and the Gospel                                                         
Joshua Chestnut

Sept.  26    It's People I Can't Stand: Love for Humanity and Love for Humans
Ben Keyes

Oct. 3         Original Tolerance - The Ability to Accept Those Who are Different
Dick Keyes

Oct. 10       You Might be More Trinitarian Than You Thought (II): Reflections on the Trinity and Spiritual Practice
Joshua Chestnut

Oct. 17       New Tolerance - The Attack Dog of Modern Relativism            
Dick Keyes

Oct.  24     "Bone of My Bone": Wood Sculptures Celebrating the Meaning and Mystery of Marriage (Talk and showing of sculptures)      
Mark Potter

Oct. 31       Peter Seeing Jesus, Jesus Seeing Peter: Poetic Renderings of Gospel Texts
Sarah Chestnut

Nov. 7        Time to Play: A Developmental and Theological Model  
Mary Frances Giles

Nov. 14      "People Get Ready": The Biblical Call to be Alert
Ben Keyes