The Robert E. & Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary Lecture
Phyllis Tickle began her career as a college teacher and, for almost six years, served as academic dean to the Memphis College of Art before entering full time into writing and publishing. In September 1996 she received the Mays Award, one of the book industry’s most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing, and specifically in recognition of her work in gaining mainstream media coverage of religious publishing. In 2004, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Christy Awards “In gratitude for a lifetime as an advocate for fiction written to the glory of God.” Tickle is the founding editor of the Religion Department of Publisher’s Weekly, the international journal of the book industry and an authority on religion in America. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently Emergence Christianity-What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters; The Great Emergence; How Christianity is Changing and Why; and The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. Tickle serves now, as she has in the past, on a number of advisory and corporate boards. A lay eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church, she is the mother of seven children and, with her physician-husband, makes her home on a small farm in Lucy, Tennessee.
Announcing the Inaugural Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary Lecture
Carl Holladay, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will be the inaugural Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary lecturer at the 34th annual Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference on June 5, 2014. Perfect for this role, Professor Holladay joins classical academic scholarship and professional application through his writing, teaching and church engagement. He is the single author of seven books and, in addition to serving on editorial boards for multiple scholarly journals, he is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory and a popular lecturer at colleges and universities around the globe. His lecture will be entitled "Abraham J. Malherbe: A Case Study in Scholarly Leadership".
Announcing the Inaugural Frank and Della Pack Plenary Lecture
The Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, in partnership with Pepperdine University, is pleased to announce the inaugural Frank and Della Pack Plenary Lecture. A beloved preacher, Frank Pack served for more than forty-five years as a distinguished professor of biblical studies in three colleges related to Churches of Christ. He and Della, a respected faculty member at Pepperdine University, modeled deep commitments to a learned ministry and a devotion to scholarly studies.
The inaugural Frank and Della Pack lecturer will be Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School and Professor of History & International & Area Studies at Yale University. Professor Sanneh is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker and the author of over one hundred articles and books on religious and historical subjects. Most recently he has published Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity (Oxford), 2008 and Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African (Eerdmans), 2012. He is editor-at-large of The Christian Century and he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims. For his academic work, he was made Commandeur de I'Ordre National du Lion, Senegal's highest national honor.