Lyons Lecture Series

Save the date for the next Lyons Lecture: May 4, 2019.

Register here for the 2019 lecture.

First United Methodist Church of Madison is pleased to welcome Rev. Brian McLaren to our 2019 Lyons Lecture.

This year's Lyons Lecturer is Brian McLaren, who is a renowned author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. The author of many books, his most recent is The Great Spiritual Debate (2016), although that has been followed by a rewrite of one of his earlier books, now as a devotional called Seeking Aliveness (2017). His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, church leadership, and spiritual formation, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, and global crises.

 Dr. McLaren has a wide variety of interests and hobbies. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group. And, his most recent joint project is an illustrated children’s book (for all ages) called Cory and the Seventh Story. He has taught English, helped form and served as the founding pastor for a nondenominational church, assisted in the development of several other new churches, appeared as a guest for various media outlets. Dr. McLaren is married to Grace, and they have four adult children and five grandchildren. His personal interests include wildlife and ecology, fly fishing and kayaking, music and songwriting, and literature.

The David P. Lyons Lecture in Theology was established to honor the  memory and ministry of Rev. David Lyons. Each spring, a distinguished scholar is invited to share insight and understandings in the areas related to theology, biblical interpretation, religious history, and spirituality. Grounded in a deep and abiding faith, Rev. Lyons opened windows and doors for seeing and knowing God outside the usual human parameters defining God. Contributions to the Lyons Lecture or Endowment can be made here.