Daring Faith

Date(s) - 09/08/2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

First Presbyterian Church


Daring Faith
Twelfth Jean and Parker Wilson Seminar
Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
Cynthia Rigby, W. C. Brown Professor of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX

Holding faith, these days, is a challenge. Maybe because there are good reasons to be fearful, distrustful, and dismayed. We keep watch for the next school shooting, terrorist attack, incidence of racial violence, or accusation of misconduct. We worry about the economy, declining church attendance, the seeming faithlessness of our growing children. This seminar explores what it looks like to risk faith in the midst of these circumstances. How do our beliefs about the incarnation and Trinity assure us that God is with us, despite appearances to the contrary? How do the doctrines of creation and salvation remind us that the God who has met us continues to make us, giving us hope that the new creation is, indeed, becoming a reality? How does the presence of the Spirit, in our churches and our lives, extend blessings to us even in the midst of the turmoil? And what does it mean to say we are sent into the world, as people who dare to have faith?

Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. In 2006 the Dallas Morning News cited Dr. Rigby as one of the great theologians of our time who can “span the gap between church and society.” An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby’s books include Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (2018) and The Promotion of Social Righteousness (2010). She is a general co-editor of the forthcoming lectionary commentary series, Connections. Dr. Rigby is a sought-after speaker who enjoys lecturing and teaching for academic, church, and denominational events both domestically and internationally. She received her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1986, her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1989, and the PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).