Wheatley Lectures

 

Video from the Wheatley Lecture Series, held March 8-9, 2018 on the campus of Rocky Mountain College:

Bishop Karen Oliveto


Rev. Gary Mason


Rabbi Uri Barnea


The Wheatley Lectures focusing on the theme of "Creating Community in Fracturing Times: Returning Civility to Civil Dialogue” will take place on March 8-9, 2018 on the campus of Rocky Mountain College.

At a time when various political, religious and societal issues are particularly divisive, this event hopes to provide opportunities for engaging in dialogue, cultivating civility in the midst of conflict, and finding common ground.

Through the generosity of those who appreciated the contributions of Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr. the Yellowstone Annual Conference of the UMC and Rocky Mountain College established the Wheatley Lectureship Restricted Endowment Account to perpetuate Bishop Wheatley’s name and contributions to the United Methodist Church and beyond. The lecture series honors the ideals of Bishop Wheatley, which included social justice, promotion of an inclusive church, academic inquiry, pastoral care, and ethics.

Event Schedule


Thursday, March 8

1:00 p.m. Small group discussions with presenters                                                  Details TBD                                                 

 

4:00 p.m. Lecture by Bishop Karen Oliveto, followed by dialogue with Rev. Dr. Gary Mason and Rabbi Dr. Uri Barnea
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton
Location: Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall, RMC campus

 

5:30 p.m. President's Reception (by invitation only)                                          Location: Great Room in Prescott Hall, RMC campus

 

7:00 p.m. Lecture by Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, followed by dialogue with Bishop Oliveto and Rabbi Dr. Uri Barnea 
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton 
Location: Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall, RMC campus

 


Friday, March 9

9:00 a.m. Small group discussions with presenters                                                  Details TBD 

 

Noon Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Uri Barnea, followed by dialogue with Rev. Dr. Gary Mason and Bishop Oliveto                                                                          Moderator: Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton                                            Location: Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall, RMC campus

 


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Speakers

The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason directs a conflict transformation organization called "Rethinking Conflict." He spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process, including a key role in establishing the Skainos project, acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe. Mason has lectured around the world in political and academic forums on lessons from the Irish peace process, including reconciliation, peace building, sectarianism, and conflict transformation.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy after serving as the first woman pastor of the 12,000 member Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco for eight years. She is the first woman to serve as senior pastor in one of the denomination's 100 largest U.S. congregations. Bishop Oliveto actively speaks out on issues related to homelessness, economic justice, immigration, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights.

The Rabbi Dr. Uri Barnea

The Rabbi Dr. Uri Barnea is a native of Israel and a son of Holocaust refugees. He became a U.S. citizen in 1982. A Billings resident since 1984, he is a retired orchestral conductor and rabbi, and has been actively involved in human rights issues for many years.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton is the Assistant General Secretary of the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. In this role, Charlton oversees the work of the collegiate ministry office, relating collegiate ministers in the field to annual conferences and local churches with creative new programs.

This event is supported by: Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr. Endowment, The Yellowstone Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Margaret V. Ping Foundation, Humanities Montana, and Rocky Mountain College.

 
 
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