Public Lectures

The lectures are free and open to the public on the campus of Phillips Theological Seminary, 901 N. Mingo Rd. in Tulsa, Okla. Call us at 918.270.6454 or email for more information.

October 26, 7–9 p.m.

  • Dr. Richard Grounds, University of Tulsa, Director of the Yuchi Language Project.
    • Speaking Truth Requires a Language: The Loss of Indigenous Languages and the Effect on Religion and Culture

Dr. Grounds has recently returned from speaking at Harvard University about the United Nations “Year of Indigenous Languages.” Languages around the world, and here in the U.S. are becoming extinct, and with them the nuances of culture and religion. The United Nations has named 2019 as the “Year of Indigenous Languages” to bring more attention to the loss of perspective, literature, and cultural realities that are lost when a language ceases to be used. Dr. Grounds works in the Tulsa area to keep the Yuchi language alive by teaching it to children and adults who identify with the culture.

November 2, 7–9 p.m.

  • Dr. Charles Kimball, University of Oklahoma, Director of the Religious Studies Program
    • “When Religion Becomes Evil” and “When Religion Becomes Lethal”

Dr. Kimball, a noted scholar of Islam and other world religions, has made a serious study of how religions can move from cultural expressions of community to dangerous and evil movements. When does a religion cross the line? How do we know? Fifteen years ago, to answer these questions and many others about the value and changes in religion and culture, Dr. Kimball published When Religion Becomes Evil. He followed this with When Religion Becomes Lethal in 2011.

November 16, 7–9 p.m.

  • Dr. Imad Enchassi, Oklahoma City University, Chair of Islamic Studies; President and Senior Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City
    • A Stranger in My Own State: Being Muslim and American in Oklahoma

Dr. Enchassi was born in Syria and grew up in Palestinian refugee camps. He is now a naturalized American who has lived in Oklahoma for decades as a teacher and religious leader. As an American and the father and grandfather of native-born Americans, he has been the target of many forms of discrimination even while working as a voice for peace and for thoughtful examination of conflict.


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