Ron Sider is retiring from teaching at Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary! In his honor, today we’re running a brief excerpt from his upcoming lecture, “My Journey with Rich Christians.” (Scroll down to the end for details on both the farewell lecture and Ron’s retirement celebration!)
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger started as a sermon at a little Baptist church in Connecticut in 1966. Although the initial response was largely positive, not everyone liked it! One group of critics rushed into print a book with the delightful title: Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators; A Biblical Response to Ronald Sider. (Jerry Falwell promoted that book on his TV program.)
I ignored this wildly unfair critique, but I tried to see what I could learn from most critics….
I think that the biblical section of Rich Christians was and is the best section of the book. Again and again, amazing interactions with critics showed that they were willing to listen because they saw that I was trying to be biblical and that my theology was solidly orthodox. (I do have one hilarious story to share as an example!)
The book has continued to challenge my wife and me personally, as we have sought to “live more simply.”
We hope you’ll join us to hear more of what Ron has to say!
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the celebration of Ron Sider‘s retirement from teaching at Eastern University/Palmer Theological Seminary, on Friday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m.
Over the course of his long and storied career, Dr. Sider has been changing the way that Christians think about social justice. Please come and help us celebrate his work and his legacy!
We will hear Dr. Sider reflect on his decades spent learning, leading, and inspiring, in his retirement lecture: “My Journey with Rich Christians.” Dr. Sider will also be signing books.
We hope to see you there!
Co-hosted by Palmer Theological Seminary and Christians for Social Action
PS: If you are unable to attend, would you consider a gift in Ron‘s honor to help us preserve his work for future generations?