Preaching Sunday, July 31
11:00 am

Rev. Dr. James Calvin Davis
Professor of Religion

Middlebury College, Vermont

Sermon: "Friendship As Social Witness"


Professor Davis began teaching at Middlebury College in 2001.  He offers courses in social ethics and American religious history.  In both his teaching and his writing, Professor Davis is interested in the ways religious traditions have contributed to debates over moral issues, political freedom, and civic responsibility in the United States.


An expert in Anglo-American Calvinism, Professor Davis is the author of a monograph on the Puritan firebrand for religious freedom, Roger Williams (The Moral Theology of Roger Williams, WJK Press 2004), as well as editor of On Religious Liberty: Selections from the Works of Roger Williams (Harvard, 2008).  This latter book represents the first collection of Williams's writings to be generally accessible in nearly fifty years.  


More recently Professor Davis has written In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us (Westminster John Knox, 2010).  In this book, he considers religion's impact on moral and political debates in America's past and argues for the benefit of a robust, respectful, and diverse religious contribution to contemporary public discourse.


Besides teaching in the Religion Department, Professor Davis currently serves as the Academic Director of the Privilege & Poverty Initiative, a new opportunity for Middlebury students to study the causes and consequences of poverty in a deliberate sequence of classroom learning and internship experience.


Jon Walton is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned his M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York City and his D.Min. degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.  He has previously served congregations in New Canaan, Connecticut; Setauket, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.   He is the former co-moderator of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and continues to serve as a member of the board.  A noted preacher, he has spoken at some of America’s most well known pulpits including the Washington National Cathedral,  and innumerable college, seminary, and conference settings.  His lectures and sermons are published in a wide variety of sermon anthologies, books on preaching, and articles in professional journals.  He is the author of the book, Imperfect Peace: Teaching Sermons on Troubling Texts. - See more at: http://www.fpcnyc.org/about-us/pastoral-staff/getting-to-know-the-pastors.html#sthash.7DqSI0rf.dpuf
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