Dr. Ellen Davis Lecture on Religion & Culture

Holy Fire: Igniting the Scriptural Imagination in the Church

Eugenia Stillman Lecture on Religion & Culture

Monday, April 30, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m at St. James’ Church 865 Madison Ave. 212-774-4244    www.StJames.org

The world could be radically different; Ellen Davis will challenge us to bring the world we imagine to bear.  Dr. Davis will speak at St. James’ Church on "Holy Fire: Igniting the Scriptural Imagination in the Church," exploring how reading scripture can form, inform, and reform our religious imagination as Christians living in the world.

In her recent book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture, Dr. Davis notes that many of the ills in today’s world can be traced to a "failure of the religious imagination, an inability to imagine that this world could be significantly different, for better or for much worse, than we and every other human generation before us has experienced it."

Dr. Ellen Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.  A prolific author, preacher, and much-loved teacher of the Old Testament, she is also deeply involved with the Episcopal Church of Sudan’s efforts to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture in South Sudan.  She has been a friend of St. James’ Church since her first visit in the late 1980s, when she was an assistant professor at Union Seminary.  A festive reception will follow the lecture.

The Stillman Lecture series is given in memory of Eugenia Stillman by her family.  "Eugie" brought to her activities at St. James’ Church her passion for education and her abiding beliefs that faith must be lived, and that the dignity of every human being is to be respected.  She was a consistent advocate for the full inclusion of all God’s children in the life of the church and a clear voice for human rights for all in our society.