Hiram College

Hiram College announces its fall 2020 Lectures in Religion Series, featuring Ellen F. Davis, distinguished professor and author. The online lecture will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 beginning at 5 p.m.  

The lecture, titled “Ungodly Facts, Real Power, and Holy Fear,” will look at the current climate crisis through the clarifying lens of one of the master narratives in Scripturethe story of the Israelites in Egypt and their deliverance from death-dealing oppression. Davis will also talk about how seemingly impossible change happens through the actions of ordinary people who are practitioners of faith, hope, love, and healthy, holy fear.   

Davis is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. As the author of eleven books and several articles, her research is focused on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. Davis is the author of “Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible and “Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship and Ministry.” Her most recent books include Preaching the Luminous Word, a collection of her sermons and essays, and Opening Israel’s Scriptures, a comprehensive theological reading of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. A lay Episcopalian, she has long been active as a theological consultant and teacher within the Anglican Communion, especially in East Africa. Her current work explores dance, poetry, and visual arts as modes of interpreting Scripture. 

Created with the intention to address the correlation between the pursuit of higher learning and the religious questions of life, the Lectures in Religion series has brought distinguished figures among the world’s religions to campus to engage in intimate and profound conversations with the Northeast Ohio community. 

For additional information and questions about the event, please contact the College Chaplain, Reverend Chris McCreight at McCreightCJ@hiram.edu. 

This event is free and open to the public. To receive the Zoom link for the lecture, register now.