Written by Emily Mullins
The Rev. Robin Meyers, senior pastor of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Okla., will give this year's Lyman Beecher Lecture at Yale Divinity School. The three-part lecture will take place Oct. 23-25 in New Haven, Conn., as part of the school's Convocation and Reunions 2013.
"It is impossible for me to express what this means to me," Meyers said. "The list of Beecher Lecturers over the last century and a half is a list that includes many of the most important and accomplished theologians and preachers in America. To be included in such a list is humbling to say the least."
Meyers will present three one-hour lectures discussing the recovery and renewal of the church as dependent on the capacity to be a beloved community of resistance titled Faith as Resistance to Ego, Faith as Resistance to Orthodoxy, and Faith as Resistance to Empire. Drawn from the work of Danish philosopher and religious author Soren Kierkegaard and Polish poet Anna Kamienska, Myers will talk about the renewal of the church as dependent upon broadly defined biblical resistance.
"Robin is an articulate, passionate leader in the United Church of Christ and in the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference," said Edith Guffey, conference minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the UCC. "This invitation is an honor for Robin personally, but also for Mayflower Church, the Conference and the UCC, and we are delighted that his gifts and ministry have been recognized in this way."
In addition to his duties at Mayflower Congregational UCC, Meyers is a Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University. He is also an author, columnist, and award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has served as senior pastor of Mayflower Congregational UCC since 1985, and is a frequent speaker and preacher on the merits of progressive Christianity.
Meyers was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Wichita, Kan. He earned his B.A. at Wichita State University; an M. Div. from the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University; a D. Min. from Drew University; and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Oklahoma.
The Lyman Beecher Lectureship on Preaching at Yale Divinity School was established in 1871 in memory of Lyman Beecher and to sponsor an annual series of lectures on a topic appropriate to the work of the ministry. Beecher was a member of the Yale College class of 1797, a Presbyterian and Congregationalist minister, and the first President of Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. The lectureship is offered to those who have been markedly successful in the special work of the Christian ministry.