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Deep Thinking with a Biblical Perspective

Every February, the Faculty of Theology hosts its annual Spring Lecture Series, featuring some of the leading thinkers of our day. Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Ph.D. founded the series in Spring 2013 to give students, faculty, and the wider Sacramento community the opportunity to listen, learn, and dialogue about topics related to biblical and theological studies. 

The annual theme is decided based on cultural trends and how they relate to the current biblical landscape. The Faculty of Theology examines topics related to the Old Testament, New Testament, ethics, biblical archaeology and more. Over the past seven years, distinguished lecturers have included: Dr. Reggie Williams, Dr. Jodi Magness, Dr. Greg Boyd, Dr. N.T. Wright, Dr. Miroslav Volf, and Dr. Aren Maeir. 

“The goal of this series is to encourage deep thinking about biblical topics and cultural challenges,” says Shafer-Elliott. 

More than 300 people attend this event each year. It’s an opportunity to create and circulate knowledge between Jessup and the public sectors. The series encourages intelligent conversation and makes it accessible to a wider audience. 

“We like to think of this series as a meeting place for the sharing of ideas and discussion. We encourage each other to stretch, grow and examine different perspectives,” says Shafer-Elliott. 

This year, the Faculty of Theology welcomes Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall to Jessup. Her presentation, Women in Leadership and Marriage: A Fresh Approach to Old Questions, will explore kingdom themes that redefine and reshape the conversation about women in leadership, ministry, and family. For more details or to register for this event, visit

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