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04 Nov 2017 8:00 AM • Hoag auditorium, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA


Over the last several years a number of independent book clubs in North Georgia have been reading books that explore various aspects of our religious heritage and spirituality.  Many of us have attended theological lectures and felt there would be an interest in offering lectures in North Georgia to learn more about the origin and evolution of our religious heritage.  

Our mission is to foster a better understanding of religion, theology, spirituality and science 
and how that impacts our lives in the 21st century.

Mountain Top Lectures in collaboration with the University of North Georgia host scholars and authors on a wide range of issues of religion and spirituality in a north Georgia setting. We host three lectures per year, one in the spring, one in the summer and one in the fall at the Hoag Auditorium at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA.

Since we began in 2010, we have been very fortunate to host some of the most prominent authors and speakers on religion: Dr. Amy Jill Levine, Dr. Marcus Borg, Dr. Robin Meyers, Dr. Bart Ehrman, and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Dr. Brian McLaren, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. John Dominic Crossan and Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  Last year we hosted Dr. Owen Flanagan, Dr. Kirby Godsey and Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor, and this year, Rev. Michael Dowd, imam Enchassi and Rev. Dr. John Phillip Newell.

If you have an interest or curiosity about how Christianity and other religions developed and the challenges they face in the 21st century, you will want to join us at Mountain Top Lectures.

Our recent post lecture surveys have indicated a strong interest in spirituality, the connections between science and religion and understanding other religions.  Our future speakers address these issues.

We limit the number attending our lectures to provide an intimate setting for questions and discussion.

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2017 Lecture Series speakers -

April 7-8 - Pastor Phillip Gulley

August 26 - Dr. Mark Muesse

November 3 -4  - Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

2018 Lecture Series speakers - 

April 6-7 - Dr. Justin Barrett

August 25 - Rev. Gretta Vosper

 November 9-10 - Rev. Brian McLaren

Fall Lecture with Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

November 4, 2017

Ilia Delio, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, D.C. and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the importance of these for theology. She was born in Newark, New Jersey and is the youngest of four children.

Modern science has opened new doors to the understanding of religion today. The new cosmology impels us to realize that religion belongs fundamentally to the cosmos, not to the human person alone. There is no cosmos without God and no God without cosmos.

If God is at the heart of this physical, evolving cosmos then love is the energy that makes everything precious and alive. God is the ultimate wholeness and depth of love, the inner Omega of everything from the smallest quark to the largest galaxy. We will explore this new paradigm in light of humanity’s evolution and the implications for ethical action.

God, Evolution and the Power of Love

8-8:45 Registration (coffee and tea available)

9-10:30 How did we become disconnected? We will look at the relationship between science and religion and the paradigm shifts that produced a separation between these areas

10:30 - 11:00 Break (coffee and tea available)

11-12:30 Does the new science change our understanding of God? We will examine the main features of modern science and their impact on core theological doctrines in light of the root reality of love.

12:30-1:30 Lunch - Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Macaroni and Cheese, Cornbread Fiesta Muffins, Lazy Country Chicken, Sliced Brisket, Assorted Craveworthy Cookies and Dessert Bars (includes Raspberry Coconut and Lemon Cheesecake Bars) and choice of Beverage - Cost $18

1:30 - 3:00

Where are we going and how will we get there? Today we are realizing the essential role of consciousness in the shape of reality. We will explore the import of consciousness in spirituality and artificial intelligence and the need to regain the interior dimension of cosmic life.

3:00 Book signing in flag room


Sponsor - $50 per person

Public - $60 per person

Registration at the door - $70 per person

The Genesis Library

A great resource to enhance your book club, start a small discussion group or support your Sunday School class.with

Mountain Top Lectures is offering free access to a resource library of DVD 's and CD's to registered groups to help facilitate local discussion on topics of religion and spirituality.

This program will be available only to registered groups under the Genesis Project guidelines. The only cost to the group will be the cost of return postage to material back to the Genesis Project. The Genesis Project will pay for the outbound postage.

To participate in this program you must register your group. Please click on this link to download the Registration Form. You need to complete and sign the form and mail to us.

Genesis Project Group Registration Form.docx

Review the current list of resource materials available through the Genesis Project
Inventory by Title - Oct. 2016.pdf
Inventory by Author - Oct. 2016.pdf
After your group has registered and you may order materials from our resource library.
To order material, please submit a Genesis Project Material Request Form.

Genesis Project Request Form .docx

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