Douglas Adams has the same name as the very
funny guy (now, alas, no longer on this earth) who wrote
Guide to the Galaxy.
But though he didn’t write that book
and its sequels, this Douglas Adams also is concerned with
humor in unlikely
And that’s the topic of Moravian Theological Seminary’s
annual Weber Lecture, which he will deliver this year on “Bringing
to Life the Humor of Jesus’ Parables and Paul’s
Letters” on Thursday, March 11, in Prosser Auditorium.
The morning session (9:30-11:30 a.m.) focuses on the gentle
but pointed humor of the parables that Jesus used to drive
home his messages in the Gospel accounts of his life and
The afternoon session (1:30-2:30 p.m.) will
describe the humor in St. Paul’s epistles, which
offer the healing power of stories to bring troubled communities
Adams is a professor of arts at the Graduate Theological
Union and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.
He has written eight books, including The Prostitute
in the Family Tree: Discovering Humor and Irony in the Bible and
Eyes to See Wholeness: Visual Arts Informing Biblical
and Theological Studies. He is a post-doctoral Smithsonian Fellow
and has spoken at many colleges and conferences on art and
The Weber Lectures were established at the Seminary in
1950 in memory of Rev. Christian Otto Weber ’18 and
his wife, Dorothy Pfohl Weber, by their sons, Herbert ’49,
Bruce ’51, and Christian ’52.
There is no fee for the Weber Lecture, but pre-registration
through the Seminary office is requested. Ext. 1519.
InCommon would like to thank Jennifer
intern in the Public Relations Office, for her work on this
is American Red Cross month. Moravian
volunteers at Lehigh Valley Chapter.
By Brynn R. Saltzer '04, an intern
with the chapter.
Adams to discuss "Humor and
the Bible" for Seminary's annual