David Brown Is Guest Lecturer At University Of The South's School Of Theology Dubose Lecture Series

Friday, September 5, 2014
Each year, The School of Theology at the University of the South hosts a renowned speaker at its annual DuBose Lectures. These lectures are endowed by an initial gift from Jack C. Graves and substantially increased by Margaret A. Chisholm. The lectures memorialize William Porcher DuBose, second dean of The School of Theology.
This year’s guest lecturer is David Brown, professor of theology, aesthetics, and culture at the University of St.
Andrews. His three lectures will take place over two days, Oct. 1–2, all in Guerry Auditorium at the University of the South, and are open to the public. On Oct. 1, he will speak first at 9 a.m. and again at 2:45 p.m. On Oct. 2, he will speak at 9 a.m. Directions to the University are available at visit.sewanee.edu
Dr. Brown’s lectures will encourage reflection on how the Christian experience of God can be deepened through a wider engagement with the arts. Even though Christianity is commonly described as a religion of the word, Brown feels it is important to remember that God has also provided bodies and senses that range far more widely. Past generations of Christians were often much more aware of such possibilities than we are today. While the lectures will therefore draw on the past, he will make them relevant to life in the contemporary church around the world.
Born in Galashiels in the south of Scotland and educated at the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge, Brown taught for 14 years at Oxford and for 17 years at Durham before becoming professor of theology, aesthetics & culture at the University of St. Andrews in 2007. While in his earlier academic career, his main interest was in relations between theology and philosophy, while more recently focusing on interactions between theology and the arts and culture. This has resulted in a series for five books for Oxford University Press: Tradition and Imagination (1999), Discipleship and Imagination (2000), God and Enchantment of Place(2004), God and Grace of Body (2007) and God and Mystery In Words (2008). He was elected to Britain’s most prestigious body for the humanities in 2002, as a fellow of the British Academy.

Rev. Jesse Herriott Is Guest Speaker At Christ Unity Sunday

Jesse Herriott, M.A. will be speaker this Sunday at Christ Unity. Special music will be provided by the duo Cloudship and a potluck will follow the service. Rev. Herriott is a teacher, whose work explores the nature of the soul.  In 2013 he received incardination into the Universal Anglican Church as a radically inclusive- interspiritual teacher and priest. He serves ... (click for more)

Eric Youngblood: Not Praying Is Dumb

Do you ever feel a tightening in your chest? A rapid heart rate? Difficulty breathing? A looming cloud of dread making you weary and angry as you check your calendar? The fall can bring it on. Autumn, that is---the season so named by our British forebears and shortened from “the fall of the leaf.” Not the theological tragedy (aka ”the Fall”) from primeval history that served ... (click for more)

City Councilman Larry Grohn To Run For Mayor Of Chattanooga

City Councilman Larry Grohn said Tuesday he plans to make a race for mayor of Chattanooga. Mr. Grohn, who will be giving up his District 7 seat on the council, said he has been "extremely frustrated" with the administration of Mayor Andy Berke. It is not yet known whether Mayor Berke, the former state senator, will seek a second term. City Councilman Ken Smith from District ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Short Term Vacation Rental Operators Praise System; Freeman Says Council Has To Get Some Rogue Operators Under Control

A host of Chattanooga residents who make extra income and meet new friends by renting out their homes told City Council members on Tuesday that short term vacation rentals are part of the new way of living. Commission Chairman Moses Freeman said those who came to the public hearing do it right, but he said a new ordinance is necessary because some who are not responsible "cause ... (click for more)

Proud To Be A Conservative Conservationist

I was born and raised in Chattanooga and was brought up to be a Tennessee conservative. That means that my family conserved our spending, our resources, and yes, even our environment.  I think we were inspired to do so because Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. We have stunning mountains, wild rivers and quiet backcountry. And many of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Adore America

If Heather Cross weren’t married and didn’t have such a fine-looking family I’d swear I might propose. The dazzling lady just wrote a “By Gumbo! letter” to all the major news outlets in the world to inform them that half of the Pelican State is still submerged by “a 1,000-year flood” and where the heck are they with their cameras? She knows it is vital for the rest of America to ... (click for more)