Religion Offerings: 3-15



Chidester series: Philip Gulley

Sylvania United Church of Christ's Chidester Lecture series continues Saturday and Sunday with Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor, author of 17 books, and storyteller. He will speak Saturday from 4 to 5:30p.m., including a time for questions, and will sign books available for purchase at the church; admission is $10. On Sunday, he will preach at both the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services and present a forum between them, at 9:20 a.m. Admission is free on Sunday. Mr. Gulley's presentations are at the church, 7240 Erie St., Sylvania.

Science and religious understanding

Alvin Plantinga, a retired philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., will speak on “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism” at the University of Toledo's Libbey Hall main dining room, 2110 Campus Rd., Tuesday at 5 p.m. In a university press release, he says that there is no conflict between science and religion, but there is conflict between science and naturalism, This is one of the university's Center for Religious Understanding spring events. Admission is free, and a reception follows.

Five professors at Corpus Christi

The spring lecture series at the Roman Catholic Corpus Christi University Parish, “Meeting the Religious Other in Courage and in Trust,” begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 2955 Dorr St. Peter Feldmeier of the University of Toledo speaks Tuesday on “Asian Texts and the Christian Imagination.” Reid Locklin of the University of Toronto is the March 25 speaker, and he will deliver “Intimacy as Interruption: Hindu-Christian Dialogue and the Disruptive Power of Self-Knowledge.” On April 1, Rita George-Tvrtkovic of Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill., will speak on “Catholics Transformed by Study of Islam: Two Historical Examples.” On April 8, Leo Lefubre of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., lectures on “Transforming Encounters: Personal Experiences in Interreligious Relations.” To close out the series, Jeanine Diller of the University of Toledo will speak on “Embodying Religious Multiplicity.” There is time for questions after each lecture. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $30 for the series; admission is free for those with University of Toledo ID cards. Tickets can be purchased at or at the parish.

Christian Science on technology

Mary Alice Rose of Brookeville, Md., a former meteorologist for the National Severe Storms Laboratory and a former manager working with the Hubble Space Telescope, now a Christian Science practitioner and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Room Track 1, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. “Has Technology Made God and Spirituality Obsolete?” examines Ms. Roses's religious views, based on Biblical teachings of Jesus and the written work of Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, in relation to technology. She uses examples from her time working in physical science to show "this balance of technology, humanity and spirituality," she said in a press release. Admission is free.