Southborough L'Abri

Lecture Schedule


Southborough L'Abri Lecture Schedule

All lectures begin at 8:00pm 
and are held at L'Abri
49 Lynbrook Road
Southborough, MA 01772


Join us for tea and treats at 7:45


For access to the most current lectures from the Southborough branch, simply click the lecture's title to be directed to an audio file of the lecture or subscribe to the L'Abri Southborough podcast on iTunes.
These and many other lectures from L'Abri branches around the world are available at the L'Abri Ideas Library.

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- Autumn 2017- 
 
 

Sept 8       Ben Keyes- Five Themes of L’Abri Revisited
Over the years at L’Abri we have found these five areas of Christian belief to be particularly relevant: The Truth of the Christian Faith, the reality of the supernatural, the humanness of spirituality, the reality of the fall, and the Lordship of Christ over all of life. While these topics are by no means comprehensive or original, they continue to be areas of confusion inside and outside of the church. This lecture is a good introduction to some of the ideas that we discuss regularly at L’Abri.
 
Sept 15     Dick Keyes- What is Stewardship?
We usually associate stewardship with financial contributions to church or charity. In fact, it applies to the way we manage or do not manage the whole range of God’s gifts to us.
 
Sept 22     Abasiano Udofa- The Future of Work, Part II
Many are predicting a major shift in work due to the advances in technology. Will robots take all the jobs? Will technology create new jobs? Is a world without work really a possibility?  This lecture will review the trends that are causing these questions and anxiety, explore the increasing inequality being created by changes in work, review gains in artificial intelligence and reflect on jobs and calling.  
 

 
Weekend Seminar September 29th & 30th*
500 Years Later: The Reformation and its Lasting Impact

This year marks the 500th year since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg. While the theological, ecclesial and political consequences of this event- and the events that followed- have been discussed ever since, the Protestant Reformation has also had a profound social impact on the world today. This seminar will provide some historical context for the events that sparked the Reformation and explore some of its diverse outcomes. 
 
Friday Sept 29             
8:00 PM      Mike Milway- Martin Luther Between Worlds

Martin Luther’s uncomfortable position between worlds, and the unrelenting pressures on him from opposite directions, shaped his theology, guided his life and birthed the Protestant Reformation.  As a young monk in Erfurt and a rising professor in Wittenberg, he found himself caught awkwardly and uncomfortably between the monastery and the university, as a theologian between the via antiqua (old way) and the via moderna (new way), and as a Christian between God and the Devil.  That is where he found the gospel that changed his life.  For taking the gospel to both town and gown (city and university), the bishops in Rome excommunicated him from the church as a heretic while the princes in Worms banned him from the empire for the same reason.  He hid himself away in the Wartburg castle, long enough, though in record time, to translate the New Testament into the vernacular, helping to bridge learned Latin culture and common German people.  Luther’s most important legacy to the “continuing reformation” – the one he did not expect but the one that separates him from us – belongs in large part to his middle position theologically between Catholics and Calvinists.  Luther was a man caught between worlds.
 
 
Saturday Sept 30   
9:30 AM     Joshua Chestnut- "Exiles and Pilgrims: What John Calvin might offer an Age of Social Displacement"
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has described the twentieth century as "the age of the refugee, the stateless and the wanderer" and though he belongs to a vastly different time than our own the protestant reformer John Calvin, himself a religious refugee, has some unexpected insights for us and our day.  In this lecture we will consider Calvin's teaching and practice of showing hospitality to the refugee as well as the inherently practical nature of Christian spirituality.    
 
1:30 PM     Mardi Keyes - How Martin Luther Transformed Marriage and Family Life
You may be surprised to learn that qualities we most prize in marriage today - mutual love and companionship, and children as joyous gifts - can be traced back to an Augustinian monk who married a runaway ex-nun!


*If you would like to join us for the day on Saturday, please email us your reservation 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. Attendance both days is not required.

 

 
Oct 6         Ben Keyes- Some Pitfalls of the Reformed Tradition
While the Reformed tradition has given us much to be thankful for, in practice it has sometimes minimized important aspects of Christian theology. Did John Calvin care more about election and predestination than anything else? Is there more to the Christian faith than TULIP?

Saturday, October 14th- L'Abri workday- from 9:00-4:00

-There will be all manner of tasks including: painting, yard work, outdoor work, gardening and carpentry work.
If you have any particular skills in these areas, please come and bring your work belts!  
Please RSVP to let us know how many to count on for lunch
Southborough@labri.org
 

- Summer 2017- 


May 19 Knowing God and the Ordering of our Fears Part II: Biblical Heroes who Failed to Fear
Ben Keyes

May 26 From the Gospel to the Gospels - Part 2: What about the Gospels that Didn't Make it into the Bible?
Joshua Chestnut

June 2 Francis Schaeffer’s Two-Story Critique of Worldviews – with Examples from Some of Boston’s Intellectual Celebrities
Dick Keyes

June 9 Two Great Human Longings Lost and Found
Ben Keyes

June 16 “Engine against th' Almighty”: Reflecting on Prayer with the Help of Poets
Sarah Chestnut

June 23 The Future of Work, Part I.
Aba Udofa

June 30 Talking to Ourselves: Solitude, Community and Technology
Liz Snell

July 7 A Sacred Story of Meals
Kendall Vanderslice (Head Baker, Simple Church, Grafton, MA www.kendallvanderslice.com)

July 14 Time to Play: A Developmental and Theological Model
Mary Frances Giles 



-Winter 2017-
 




 


Lecture Schedule Winter 2017


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.