Disciple scholar to speak
The Northwest Region of the Christian Church will host Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston for the Turner Memorial Lectures Oct. 7 – 9 at Englewood Christian Church inYakima, Wash. Thurston will present Walking to Emmaus: Template for Christian Spirituality in a Modern Mode.
The writer or editor of 18 theological books and numerous articles, her scholarly interests include the gospels of Mark and John, the Deutero-Pauline canon, and the history of Christian spirituality. Dr. Thurston is a spiritual director, an experienced retreat leader and poet. She was a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and served as its third president.
Thurston taught at Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and held the William F. Orr Chair in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, earning her bachelor's degree at Bethany College and her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia, with postdoctoral work in New Testament Studies at Harvard University, Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen and Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.
The lecture series began in 1964 and has welcomed many distinguished scholars and preachers including: Fred Craddock, Walter Brueggemann, Barbara Brown Zickmund, John Cobb, William Sloane Coffin, Marcus Borg, Cain Hope Felder, Rita Nakashima Brock, Hubert Locke, Amy-Jill Levine, Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, John Caputo, Daisy Machado. The Turner Memorial Lecture Series honors one of the most loved and respected leaders of the Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): William Franklin Turner. “W.F.” or “Brother Turner” died in 1961 at the age of 92. He served in Washington State for nearly 50 years. Turner began his ministry as the pastor of First Christian Church in Yakima.