2014 Payton Lectures

"World Faiths: A Christian Perspective"
featuring Dr. Miroslav Volf

April 30 - May 1, 2014

Miroslav Volf

First Congregational Church of Pasadena
464 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, California 91101

For this year's Payton Lectures sponsored by the School of Theology, we welcome as our distinguished guest speaker Miroslav Volf, founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Payton Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Schedule of Events


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
10 AM - 12 PM Lecture 1: “World Faiths: What They Are and Why They Matter”
Dr. Miroslav Volf, followed by faculty response and Q&A
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
10 AM - 12 PM Lecture 2: “World Faiths: Politics, Economics, and Competing Visions of Human Flourishing”
Dr. Miroslav Volf, followed by faculty response and Q&A

About Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf is a distinguished theologian of our day who works to promote a theology of forgiveness, non-violence, and unity.

A member of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. and the Evangelical Church in Croatia, Professor Volf has been involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (on the executive board of C-1 World Dialogue), and is an active participant in the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. He received his MA from Fuller and two advanced degrees in theology from the University of Tübingen, Germany, studying under notable theologian Jürgen Moltmann.

Dr. Volf's books include Allah: A Christian Response (2011); Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), which was the Archbishop of Canterbury Lenten book for 2006; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), a winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award; and After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), winner of the Christianity Today book award.

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The Payton Lectures: History and Purpose

Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a competent scholar outside the regular faculty. The major stipulation of the lectureship was that one of the following three areas be addressed therein: the uniqueness or confirmation of the historic Christian faith; the confutation of non-Christian or sub-Christian views; the formulation of biblical doctrines. Today, the lectures have expanded to examine a wide range of theological topics with world-class scholars. The lectureship is named for Dr. John E. and Mrs. Eliza Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Grace Fuller, wife of Charles E. Fuller, founder of the seminary. In previous years, the lecture series was funded by a generous gift from her estate.