2012-2013 Lecturer: George Kimmich Beach

Updated November 9, 2012: The James Luther Adams Foundation announces the seventeenth annual James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society. The forum will be hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. George Kimmich Beach, one of Adams's leading interpreters, will speak on the topic "'What's Past Is Prologue': James Luther Adams and the Unitarian Universalists."

Beach, a student and friend of Adams, has edited three collections of Adams's essays: The Prophethood of All Believers, An Examined Faith, and The Essential James Luther Adams. He has interpreted Adams's thought in various publications, including Transforming Liberalism: The Theology of James Luther Adams (2003). A graduate of Oberlin College (AB), Harvard Divinity School (STB, Th.M.), and Wesley Theological Seminary (D.Min.), he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1987. He served Unitarian Universalist churches in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia, and an urban ministry in Cleveland, Ohio.

Adams, a self-described "come-outer" from fundamentalism, was drawn to Unitarianism during his undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota. He was a parish minister, social activist, denominational leader, and professor of theology and social ethics at Meadville Lombard, Harvard, and Andover Newton theological schools; he profoundly influenced his adopted faith.

Beach delivered this lecture as the 2011–2012 James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society in Newton, Massachusetts, in November 2011.

For information on logistics in Columbus, including lodging, directions to the church (see map), accessibility, and parking, contact the Rev. Eric Meter, associate minister, the First UU Church of Columbus, 93 West Westsheimer Rd., Columbus OH 43214, phone 614-267-4946 x23.

(Dr. Jared A. Farley, assistant professor of political science at Ohio University–Zanesville, was originally scheduled to speak on "The Political Life and Philosophy of James Luther Adams." Dr. Farley, whose research has centered on the confluence of American religion and politics, has been studying, presenting, and publishing on Adams's political thought for some time. He also has published a very helpful Adams bibliography. He teaches a wide variety of courses concerning American politics, public policy, public administration, and political thought. Unfortunately, a medical crisis has forced Dr. Farley to cancel his lecture.)

Posted September 25, 2012

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