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Haseman Lectures

Endowed in memory of FPC members Wilbur and June Haseman, the Haseman Lectures bring thought-provoking speakers to Columbia to stimulate interest in the Bible, Christian theology, and spirituality.

2023 Haseman Lectures

"How to be Good Neighbours:  A Christian Theology for a Pluralistic World" 

October 28, 2023 

10 AM Lecture:  

“Models for Dealing with the Other” 


2 PM Lecture:   

“Christian Participation in a Pluralistic World”

October 29, 2023 

9:30 AM Adult Sunday School 

Open Discussion of Lecture Topics & Book 

10:30 AM Worship Sermon: 

 “The Blessing of Babel"

A big THANK YOU to the  2023 Haseman Lecturer, the Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles.  Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Niles is the Professor of Constructive Theology (Allen and Dottie Miller Professor of Mission and Peace) for Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  Her writing and research have been focused on constructive and contextual theology. She has taught courses on foundational theology, missiology, and post-colonial thought. She has also served as the research associate of the Christianity in Asia Project at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.  Dr. Niles brings to her classes a unique perspective as a “true citizen of the world.” Having lived, worked, and studied in several countries, she can offer international insights and interpretations on theological issues. Dr. Niles was inducted into the Martin Luther King Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College in 2008. Her publications include Doing theology with Humility Generosity and Wonder:  A Christian Theology of Pluralism.   Dr. Niles was born in Jaffna Sri-Lanka.  Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  She joined the Eden Seminary faculty in 2000.

2024 Haseman Lectures

We are also pleased to announce that the 2024 Haseman Lecturer October 12-13 will be the Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo.  Ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Aloyo is the 11th President of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  Dr. Aloyo grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is the son of the late Esperanza Aloyo and Victorino Aloyo from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He has been married to Suzette Aloyo for thirty-six years, and they are blessed with two daughters, Kayla Cristen, an aerospace engineer working in Huntsville, AL, and Alyssa Nicole, serving as an EDI administrator at The Steve Fund in Nashville, TN.  Before being called to Columbia, Victor served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and Organizing/Lead Pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. Victor received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.

Previous lecturers have included Amy Plantinga Paul, Rodger Nishioka, Richard Mouw, Anna Case-Winters, and John Bell.

Stay tuned for more information about lecture topics by our 2024 Haseman Lecturer!


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Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles

2023 Haseman Lecturer

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Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo

2024 Haseman Lecturer

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