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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Dr. Patricia Williams in Elizabethton!

Put this one on your calendar. Dr. Patricia A Williams is going to do a workshop, lead the adult forum, and preach the weekend of May 19-20 at First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton. The news is hitting the streets and hollows this week. Here is the flier:

The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee is honored to host Dr. Patricia A. Williams on May 19th and 20th. Dr. Williams is a philosopher of science and a philosophical theologian who writes at the interface between science and religion. She is an editor and author. She writes books for general readers and also publishes academic articles. Her articles have appeared in journals, collections, and encyclopedias. She also speaks on science and religion at universities, in churches, and at other venues. She is a Fellow of the Westar Institute (Jesus Seminar) and editor of the Quaker journal “Universalist Friends.”

Dr. Williams has taught at universities in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Currently, she lives modestly in the mountains of Virginia in a solar home she built that is off grid. This means that her hobbies are cutting firewood, splitting firewood, and stacking firewood. When not engaged in such hobbies or asleep, she writes fulltime.

Brought up as an Episcopalian, Dr. Williams is now a Quaker who worships with many denominations, from Catholic to charismatic. When invited, she is happy to preach. Her sermons are biblical, learned, and brief.

She is the author of several books including: Doing without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin. Thesis: Christianity must change to incorporate science.


Where Christianity Went Wrong, When, and What You Can Do About It. Thesis: a portrait of the historical Jesus for the person in the pew and its importance now.

Workshop Schedule

10:30-12:00 “Science as a Form of Biblical Criticism” (Part 1)
2:00-4:30pm “Science as a Form of Biblical Criticism” (Part 2)

9:45-10:45 am “Christianity’s Contributions to Science”
11:00 Worship Sermon: “Where is God?”

The cost for the Saturday workshops is $15 for both or $10 for one.

More information about Dr. Williams and her work can be found at her web page.

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