The Christine Mary & John Shelby Spong Lecture
“Does the Christian Church have to die in order to be resurrected?”
The Rev’d Dr. Javier Viera, Dean of the Drew Theological School
9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Lecture
This lecture is free and open to all. Donations are welcome.
The Rev’d Dr. Javier A. Viera is the 14th Dean of the Theological School at Drew University, where he also serves as the University’s Vice Provost and as Professor of Pastoral Theology. At Drew he has led the transformation of the school’s curriculum, launched new degree programs and initiatives, and led efforts that have increased enrollment and fundraising. His scholarly interests center on inter-religious dialogue and adult learning and development. Prior to his service at Drew, Dr. Viera served in congregational ministry for two decades, leading rural, suburban, and urban congregations, most recently ordained in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Viera is a graduate of Florida Southern College, Duke, Yale, and Columbia universities, and is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of the 21st century.
Bishop Spong has received numerous honors, including being named “Humanist of the Year” in New York in 1999, and “National Person of the Year” by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 2015.
Well-known in radio and television circles, Jack Spong has appeared on such diverse programs as Politically Incorrect, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Phil Donahue, and he has been featured on CBS’s Sixty Minutes.
Begun in 2011, the Spong Lecture Series has featured outstanding leaders and scholars on many topics including theology, education, and social ministry.