Community programs planned by ECU Religious Studies

A number of programs presented by the ECU Department of Religious Studies faculty are scheduled for this fall, including:

  • By Lee Johnson, ECU assistant professor of religious studies, “The Historical Jesus,” Sept. 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East Fourth St. The Sept. 18 presentation will explore the parallels and differences in gospel presentations of Jesus’ life, teachings and activities. The Sept. 25 presentation will discuss the scholarly quests to discover Jesus, along with the work of the Jesus Seminar.
  • By Calvin Mercer, Lifetime Learning Program, “Living for 500 Years (or longer), 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 13 at the Willis Building. Mercer will examine research programs that experts say will extend healthy human life, as well as the economic, social, political, ethical and religious implications of such programs. The talk is partially based on a book Mercer co-authored with Derek Maher, “Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension.”
  • By Calvin Mercer, a two-part series, “Humor in the Bible” or “Why Jesus Never had Ulcers,” 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 18 and 25 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
  • By Mary Wangila, “Indigenous Religions – Any Lessons?” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church.
  • By Calvin Mercer, “How We Got the Bible,” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

For additional information, contact Calvin Mercer, ECU Department of Religious Studies at


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