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Every teacher has one -- the lecture that they love the best, the one that they can literally feel in their bones when they deliver it in class. In this series we invite you to get to know United’s current faculty and get a taste of what happens in the classrooms at United. These favorite lectures will be delivered on Zoom, so enjoy it with a family member, invite a far away friend, or host your very own "watch party." Whatever the format, take this opportunity to learn what it is like to experience the transformative learning experience that happens in the classrooms at United.

Lectures are free to attend. If you have enjoyed this lecture series, please consider making a gift to United so that we can continue to provide programs like this.

kyle squareThursday, April 21, 2022  |  7:30 PM CT

"What's On the Other Side?" Death, Immortality, and Hope in Theological Reflection

Kyle Roberts, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean and Schilling Chair as Professor of Public Theology and the Church and Economic Life

Death is inevitable; that basic truth can instill fear and anxiety. This is especially true in a time of Pandemic. Theologians have often wrestled with the problem of death and have articulated visions of afterlife, immortality, and resurrection. This lecture explores a variety of perspectives on immortality and afterlife (from literal to the symbolic) in Christian theological traditions and considers the contributions of Ernest Becker to the relation between the inevitability of death, the anxiety it produces, and perspectives on immortality in religious thought. The lecture will also consider the question, "What is our hope in the face of death"?

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We have archived them online for your enjoyment! Click the links below to watch them via YouTube.

"Benedictine Spirituality Outside the Cloister" by Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall

"The Theological Implications of Religious Diversity" by Dr. Demian Wheeler

"The Iconography of Advent: Images of Mary East and West" by Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman