Consider the Platypus
Institutions serve a valuable purpose in society, they are stable elements of continuity and security. However, this very characteristic is also what tends to make them resistant to innovation and change. This talk will address this issue through the lens of the church as an institution. Specifically, it will look at the tension between science and religion as a case study for highly controversial ideas and changes in an institution.
Rev. Reuben E. Lashley was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. The son of a Mexican Immigrant mother and a Caucasian father whose family traces its roots to the 1700’s in Virginia, he has lived his entire life with one foot in each culture. This duality has afforded him the opportunity to understand traditional systems and relationships from multiple perspectives. Reuben holds a BA in Communication and Political Science and a Masters in Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He has been involved in ministry with children, youth, and adults for over fifteen years.
He has served in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Nondenominational churches over his career in ministry. This experience has given him a nuanced understanding of religious organizations across denominational lines. Reuben’s primary interests of study include: National and International Politics, Narrative Literary Critique, Process Theology, and Family Systems Theory. He is continually looking for ways to bring the concepts of the academic community into the language of the layperson.
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