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Apocalypticism

Church and State

Environmental Stewardship

Exploring Sacred Literature

Fundamentalism and Atheism

Interfaith Perspectives
Jesus in History, the Bible, and Culture

Peace, Social  Justice, and Ethics

Perspectives within Christianity 
Religion and Science
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Religious History



                                                        Apocalypticism                                                         

The Book of Daniel
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Rev. Dr. Judith Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Narrating the End of the World:  
The Social and Psychological Function of Apocalyptic Literature
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

The End-Times Encoded:  Dispensationalism, the Bible, and History
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Dr. Brian Jones 
Department of Religion, Wartburg College



                        Church and State                       
                            
Evangelicals and the 2016 Election
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Doug Smith
Christian radio station manager


The Hobby Lobby Decision:  Corporations and Religious Freedom
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dr. John Johnson
Department of History, UNI

Faith and the Founders:  Religion and the Creation of America
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Dr. Hal Wohl
Emeritus Professor of History, UNI

Church and State in America:  
A panel discussion featuring faculty from the University of Northern Iowa

Sunday, November 6, 2005
Dr. Scott Peters, Department of Political Science
Dr. Charlotte Wells, Department of History
Dr. John Johnson, Department of History


Environmental Stewardship

Caring for the Air:
Lutheran Perspectives on Stewardship of Our  Atmospheric Environment

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Dr. Alan Czarnetzki
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNI


Food or Fuel?  The Ethanol Dilemma

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Dr. Fred Kirschenmann
Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University


Creating a Regenerative Society: 
The Role of World Religions in the Survival of Creation

Sunday, March 18, 2007
Rev. Ben Webb
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls



                              Exploring Sacred Literature                     

The Book of Job as Subversive Literature
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Dr. John Burnight
Department of Philosophy & World Religion, UNI


The St. John’s Bible:  A 21st-Century Hand-Copied Bible
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Translating the Bible
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of History, UNI

YHWH:  The Warrior God
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Naming Evil:  The Devil in Scripture and Faith
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Kevin Sanders
Mentor, Education for Ministry, University of the South

Creating the Bible:  Revisiting the Word of God and the Work of Man
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Dr. Robert Dise
Department of History, UNI

First Christmas/Last Week:  The Gospels as Biography
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Rev. Dick Clark, 
St. Timothy’s UMC, Cedar Falls

The Gospel of Judas and Gnostic Christianity
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of Philosophy and Religion, UNI

Creating the Bible:  The Word of God and The Work of Man
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Dr. Robert Dise
Department of History, UNI


            Fundamentalism and Atheism              

Science, Faith, and the New Atheism
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Dr. John  Haught
Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

The New Atheism’s Yang to Religious Fundamentalism’s Yin
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Dr. Dave McCalley
Emeritus Prof. of Biology, UNI

The Christian Right:  Fundamentalism and Politics Since the 1960s
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Dr. Robert Dise
Department of History, UNI

The Origins of Christian Fundamentalism
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Dr. Robert Dise
Department of History, UNI


Interfaith Perspectives


Abraham, Moses, and Jesus in the Qur'an:
The Biblical Heritage in Muslim Scripture

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Dr. John Burnight
Department of Philosophy & World Religions, UNI


The Mormons
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Dr. Betty DeBerg
Head (ret.), Department of Philosophy & World Religion, UNI

The Messiah Myth:  The Jewish Perspective
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Dr. Hal Wohl
Emeritus Professor of History, UNI

Muslim Women and the hijab:  Minority Religious Freedom in France
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Dr. Emily Machen
Department of History, UNI

Jewish Law:  A Rabbi’s Perspective
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum
Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo

Islam, Judaism, and Christianity:  An Imam’s Perspective
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Dr. Mohammed Fahmy
Imam of Masjid Al-Noor, Waterloo 

A Rumor About the Jews:  The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Dr. Hal Wohl
Emeritus Professor of History, UNI

Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Dr. James Robinson
Department of Religion, UNI

The Sikhs and Sacred Martyrdom
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Dr. Lou Fenech,
Department of History, UNI

Sunni, Shi’a and More:  Diversity Within Islam
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of Philosophy and World Religions, UNI

Judaisms in America
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Dr. Hal Wohl, 
Emeritus Professor of History, UNI 
President, Sons of Jacob Synagogue,

Enhancing Interfaith Effectiveness
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Rabbi Stanley M. Rosenbaum
Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo

Living among Christians:  The Muslim and Jewish Perspective
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Dr. Mohammed Fahmy, Imam of the Cedar Valley Muslim Community
Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum, Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo

Do We Really Understand Muslims and Islam?
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Prof. Mohammed Fahmy
Department of Industrial Technology, UNI
Imam of the Cedar Valley Muslim community



                   Jesus in History, the Bible, and Culture                 


Does the Bible Present a Historically Accurate View of Jesus?
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman
Department of Religion, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 

Understanding Jesus Today
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Rev. Dick Clark
St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church

The Jesus of History and the Jesus of Popular Culture
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of Religion, UNI



                        Peace, Social Justice, and Ethics               

Sexual Trafficking in Iowa
Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Coalition against Human Trafficking Tri-State Area (Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin):
Sr. Irene Lukefahr, BVM
Sr. Diane Rapozo, BVM
Dr. Kim Hilby, Department of Socioology, University of Dubuque

​The Church and the Rwanda Genocide: Collusion, Cooperation, and Power
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Dr. Donna J. Maier
Department of History, UNI

Decolonizing Christianity: Native Americans and Western Religion
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Dr. Leisl Carr Childers
Department of History, UNI

Same-Sex Marriage: The Landmark SCOTUS Decision Obergefell vs. Hodges
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Dr. John Johnson
Department of History, UNI

Death Panels and the Nanny State: Truth and Fiction in Health Care Reform
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Dr. Francis Degnin
Department of Philosophy & World Religions, UNI

Reducing Distance: Building Solidarity and Relationship with Persons in Prison
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Dr. Jenny McBride
Department of Religion and Regents Chair in Ethics, Wartburg College

Workplace Spirituality and Social Entrepreneurship
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Dr. Tim Ewest
Department of Business Administration, Wartburg College

Iowa’s Diversifying Peoples and Religions
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Dr. Mark Grey
Department of Sociology, UNI
Director of Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration

Torture:  Ethics and Pragmatism
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Dr. Francis Degnin
Department of Philosophy & World Religions, UNI

Discipleship and Community: Breaking Down the Walls That Divide Us
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Rev. Maureen Doherty
Director, New City Ministries

Alzheimer’s, Ethics, and Faith
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Dr. Francis Degnin
Department of Philosophy & World Religions, UNI

Theodicy:  Why Does God Allow Suffering?
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Love Thy Neighbor:  A Parkersburg Tornado Documentary
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Dr. Jay Lees
Department of History, UNI

When Peace and Justice Appear in Conflict:  
Hard Choices in the Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes 

Sunday, March 8, 2009
Stephen J. Rapp
Prosecutor, United Nations Tribunal for Sierra Leone

Immigration and Faith:  Lessons from Postville
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Dr. Mark Grey
Department of Sociology, UNI
Director of Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration

Torture and America:  Moral, Legal, and International Implications
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01)

Building Bridges Between Iran and the United States
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Dr. Patricia Shelly
Professor of Bible and Religion, Bethel College (Kansas)
Past Director, Mennonite Central Committee Palestine Program

Just War: Moral Guide or Oxymoron?
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thomas Kessler
Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley

The Idolatry of the Marketplace
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Rev. Dr. Dave Wood
First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

A Prophetic Voice for Peace:  Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Prof. Harold Kasimow 
Grinnell College

The Soul of Society:  Teaching Social Justice
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Fr. George Karnik


                                 Perspectives within Christianity                              

The Few, the Proud, the Saved:
Limited Atonement in the Reformation--and Today!

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Dr. Charlotte Wells
Department of History, UNI

The Jesuits and the First Jesuit Pope
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Dr. Charlotte Wells
Department of History, UNI

Celtic Sacred Space and Irish Christian Pilgrims
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Dr. Tom Connors
Department of History, UNI

Sharing the Gospel in a “Spiritual but not Religious Age”
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rev. Brian Beckstrom
Campus Chaplain, Wartburg College

Christian Broadcasting:  An Insider’s Perspective
Sunday, February 10, 2013 
Doug Smith
Station Manager, KNWS Radio

Contemplative Christianity:  The Proof Is in the Practice
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Bill Witt
Cistercian Lay Associate

The Amanas:  From Religious Commune to Tourist Attraction
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Dr. Brian Roberts
Department of History, UNI

The Blood of Jesus:  Cinema Looks At the Black Religious Experience
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Dr. Gloria Gibson
Executive Vice President, Provost, and Professor, UNI

Diversity Within the Black Church
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rev. Dr. Michael Blackwell
Director, Center for Multicultural Education, UNI
 


                 

                          Religion and Science               

Cosmology: The Universe through Biblical Eyes
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Evolution: Teaching the Controversy
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Dr. Bob Dise
Department of History, UNI

Personal Piety and Scientific Inspiration
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Dr. Daniel Black
Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Engineering,
Wartburg College

God and Evolution
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Dr. John Haught
Senior Fellow in Science and Religion, Georgetown University

Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Dr. Dave McCalley
UNI Emeritus Prof. of Biology, UNI

       

                           Religion, Gender, and Sexuality                              

Feminine Images of God
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Rev. Dr. Judith Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College

Somaphobia:  Gays and Lesbians in the Black Church
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Rev. Dr. Michael Blackwell
Director, Center for Multicultural Education, UNI

The Bible, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the Mother of Jesus
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Prof. Susan Hill
Department of Philosophy and Religion, UNI

Women in the Church: A clergy panel
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Rev. Pam Ulffers, United Methodist Church
Rev. Linda Pflugfelder, Presbyterian Church, USA
Rev. Maureen Doherty, Episcopal Church, USA

Gays, Lesbians, and the Church:  A clergy panel discussion
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Rev. Anne Lippincott, United Methodist Church
Rev. Diane Dardon, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Brad Braley, Presbyterian Church, USA
Rev. Ben Webb, Episcopal Church, USA

Homosexuality and the Bible
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Rev. Dick Clark
St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church

                                       

                                       Religious History                                                     

Luther, the Catholic!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dr. Charlotte Wells
Department of History, UNI


Heresy and the Church in the Middle Ages:
The Spiritual and Conventual Franciscans

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dr. Jay Lees

Department of History, UNI


Religious Conflict in Early Christianity

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dr. Bob Dise

Department of History, UNI


Religious Dissent in Ancient Judaism

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dr. Ken Atkinson

Department of History, UNI


The Origins of Heaven and Hell
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of History, UNI

The Temple in Jerusalem: From Solomon to the Arab Conquest
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of History, UNI

Calling All Crusaders! Understanding the Calls for the First Two Crusades
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Dr. Jay Lees
Department of History, UNI

Sodom and Gomorrah:  Myth, Legend, and History
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Dr. Brian Jones
Department of Religion & Philosophy, Wartburg College

Where Did Jesus Sit At the Last Supper?
The Sites, Smells, and Sounds of Early Christian Worship

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of History, UNI

Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection in Jesus’ Time
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Dr. Ken Atkinson
Department of Philosophy & World Religions, UNI

 Why Them?  Why Then?  The Great Witch Craze
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Dr. Charlotte Wells
Department of History, UNI

From Tents to TV:  Revivalism From the Great Awakening to the 20th Century
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Dr. Robert Martin
Chair, Department of History, UNI

When Christianity Was Jewish
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Rev. Dr. Judith Jones
Department of Religion, Wartburg College



 

                   

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