Roger W. Heyns Lecture

Roger W. Heyns Lecture

Roger W. Heyns

Roger W. Heyns

Established at Memorial Church in 1994, the Roger W. Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society, is an annual event that features a major speaker focusing on problems and challenges of religion and community. Heyns, who was a resident of Atherton, was a member of the Memorial Church congregation from 1977 until his death in 1995. Heyns served as chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1971. The lectureship honors Heyns on his retirement after 16 years as a board member of the James Irvine Foundation.

2013-2014 Lecturer

October 17, 2013
7:00 pm, Q & A and Book Signing to follow
Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford
The Adventure of Civility
Krista Tippett, Broadcaster and author
Free and open to all.
Full video on the Stanford YouTube Channel

Peabody Award winning broadcaster Krista Tippett attended Brown University and later, Yale with a Master of Divinity. She is a prolific writer and contributor to the conversations about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith. She has a program on public radio called “On Being with Krista Tippett” where “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas” are explored weekly.

Her talk will focus on the current direction of religion and public discourse and tie into her latest undertaking, the Civil Conversations Project (CCP). CCP is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it?

Past Heyns Lectures

May 23, 1996
Satan and All His Angels (How Early Christians Came to Demonize Jews, ‘Pagans’ and Heretics)
Prof. Elaine Pagels
Princeton University

October 15, 1997
Christian Conviction in a Pluralist Society
Prof. Maurice Wiles
Christ Church, Oxford

May 13, 1998
America’s New Religious Landscape: Negotiating Identities, Negotiating
Prof. Diana Eck
Harvard University

April 22, 1999
Revisiting Religious Pluralism
Prof. Bruce Lawrence
Duke University

October 13, 2004
Islam: A Short History — and Contemporary Issues
Karen Armstrong
Leo Baeck College for the Training of Rabbis

November 4, 2005
The Heart of Nonviolence
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

April 25, 2007
Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know
Prof. Bart D. Ehrman
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 18, 2008
Jesus and Judaism: The Connection Matters
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt Divinity School

January 27, 2009
Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Religious Crisis
Dr. Eboo Patel
Interfaith Youth Core

February 22, 2010
Religion and Politics in the Obama Era
Rev. Jim Wallis
Sojourners Magazine

June 1, 2011
Beauty & Power, Truth & Good: 21st Century Quest
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

May 1, 2012
Anna Deavere-Smith
Actress and playwright