Events Calendar


February 12, 2023, 2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Mr. James Copeland

April 23, 2023, 2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Dr. Jodi Magness, UNC Chapel Hill

October 22, 2023, 2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Rabbi Resnicoff




October 3, 2021, 2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern


April 7, 2:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Faces of Alzheimer’s Disease Research Dr. Carol Colton, Professor in Neurology, Duke University School of Medicine.

October 6, 2:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Sex, Race, and Politics Explaining the Division between the Religious Left and Religious Right,  Dr. Daniel K. Williams, Professor of History, University of West Georgia.


April 29, 2:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Immunotherapy Engineering: New Treatments for Cancer Dr. Gianpietro Dotti, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, UNC School of Medicine, UNC Libeberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

October 7, 2:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of New Bern

Concepts of God Dr. Andrei Buckareff, Marist College.


The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University.


I Shall Not Hate: A Message of Hope, Faith, and Courage

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician, lost his family in the Gaza war. His determination not to hate, but to hope and work for peace was told in his book, I Shall Not Hate, and in this lecture. See the video on this site’s Videos page.

Climate Change: What’s Happening?  

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, NASA senior project scientist has worked with climate change data for 40 years. His expertise and depth of knowledge made his presentation one of our best received lectures of recent years. Available on the Videos page.


Fracking for Hydrocarbons in North Carolina

Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, State Geologist of North Carolina and Dr. Avner Vengosh, Professor of Geochemistry and Water Resources, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Available on the Videos page.

Reason, Morality, and the Death Penalty

Michael Tigar, Professor Emeritus, Duke Law School and American University, Washington, School of Law. See Mr. Tigar’s lecture on our Videos page.


New Discoveries in Ancient Galilee

Dr. Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Caolina at Chapel Hill. Video is not available because Dr. Magness shared with us discoveries that had not yet been published.

The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America

Dr. Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Ethics of Drone Warfare

Dr. John Kaag, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


The Promise and Peril of Today’s Medical Miracles

Dr. Ronald M. Green, Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Dartmouth College

Soulful Science
Rev. Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution


Jesus and Judaism

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

Troubled Waters: Issues and Politics of Eastern North Carolina’s Waters
 I. Clark Wright, Attorney

Chosen for Destruction: A Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story Mr. Morris Glass

2011 God, Soul, Mind, Brain
Dr. Michael Graziano, Princeton University
Africa: Beyond the Stereotypes
Mr. Jon Sawyer, Dr. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Dr. James Thomas, Mr. John Beck
2010 New Bern’s Early Religious Communities
Dr. Lauren Winner,
Nelson McDaniel
Gwen Bryan
Rev. Msgr. Gerald Lewis
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Dr. Richard A. Lutz
2008 Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Offshore North Carolina: Could it Happen? Should it Happen? Will it Happen?
Dr. Donald F. Oltz; Dr. B.J. Copeland; Dr. Michael F. Orbach
Climate Change and Polar Ice:  Are We Waking Sleeping Giants?
Waleed Abdalati, Ph.D.
The New Dialogue Between Science and Religion
George L. Murphy, Ph.D., M.Div.
2007 Ethics and Embryos:  The Issues in Stem Cell Research
Dr. Ronald M. Green
Toward the 21st Century:  A Vision of Women in Church & Society
Sister Theresa Kane
2006 Nanotechnology and the Future:  The Facts and Some Ethical Concerns
Dr. Vicki Colvin
What Americans Need to Know About Muslims and Islam
George W. Braswell, Jr., D. Min. Ph.D.
2005 Interfaith Dialogue
Mark J. Pelavin
Environmental Health:  Life or Half-Life
Dr. Dade W. Moeller
DaVinci Code
Dr. Bart Ehrman
2004 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
Dr. James C. VanderKam, Ph.D.