Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity

The Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity is open to all who want to continue learning and growing through biblical study, exploration of contemporary issues from a faith perspective, interfaith dialogue, and critical thinking about the basis of Christian understanding of God, humanity, and the world.  Top scholars with a heart for the church bring their expertise and passion for sharing that knowledge with people engaged in ministry and those who simply want to learn.

The School is made possible by the generosity of SSTL’s former Dean, Joe Stalcup, and his wife, Nancy Vaughn Stalcup, and the gifts of others who share their commitment to theological education.

September 2022 through May 2023

The Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity presents a mix of learning opportunities consisting of recorded lectures, interactive online sessions and newly added 4-part courses. All sessions will meet online. Once the seminars are complete, all will be available for on-demand viewing by registrants.

A Proud Heritage Continues…But in a New Way

The forty-fifth series seeks to combine the new online format with a series of 4 regular Saturday 1 1/2-hour Stalcup seminars, then four 4-part courses to continue the efforts of the School in offering adult lay persons a variety of opportunities to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. In addition, the 4-part courses offer the opportunity for certification and continuing education hours.


The Metaphor of Art and Religion
Sixteenth Fay and Alfred C. Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts
Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

We live by metaphors. At birth we’re thrown into the world, we grow up, work hard, fall in love, raise kids, spend time with them, and then kick the bucket. All of this is metaphor: thrown, up, hard, fall, raise, spend, and kick. Metaphors are the warp and woof that forms the fabric of our being and knowing. This Fay and Alfred C. Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts examines how metaphors shape our world and how we know that world. Beginning with an intriguing theory on the nature of metaphors and where they come from, we then explore exactly what metaphors do and how they do it before applying these provocative ideas to art and religion. Our seminar then concludes with the bold suggestion that art and religion share a common metaphorical structure and that the implications of this are both potentially empowering and challenging.

J. Sage Elwell, PhD, is Chair of the Religion Department and Associate Professor of Religion and Art at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Religion and the Digital Arts, Inspired By the Word: The Bible Through the Eyes of the Great Masters, and Crisis of Transcendence: A Theology of Digital Art and Culture, as well as a number of academic and popular articles. He also publishes and teaches in the areas of theology of culture, suffering and embodiment, digital technology, modern art, atheism, and humanism and works as an intermedia artist.

Traumas of Immigration: Inheritance of Affects
Fourteenth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology
Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

“Affect” (emotions/feelings) and reason are not mutually exclusive in our ways of perceiving and understanding how we shape and are shaped by the world/s around us. This seminar examines the importance of considering often unaccounted for feelings like melancholia, loss and hope. Emotions like melancholia underpin many immigrants’ lived experience, particularly in the U.S. We will explore what are affects? Why are affects significant and need to be accounted for in our analysis of experiences like immigration? How might Christian theology consider affects?”

Wonhee Anne Joh, PhD, is the Harry R. Kendall Professor of Christian Theology and Postcolonial Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Director of PhD Studies Program as well as Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Religious Studies and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University and member of the research faculty cohort on Religion, Race and Global Politics of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, her publications include, Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology and co-editor of Critical Theology Against US Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization, and Feminist Praxis Against US Militarism. Forthcoming from Fordham University Press is Trauma, Affect and Race.

The Cost of Writing Women Out of Christian History
Sixteenth Jean and Parker Wilson Seminar
Saturday, January 21, 2023
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

In 1964, Watts Street Baptist Church—a Southern Baptist church in Durham, North Carolina—ordained Addie Davis to pastoral ministry. Nor was Davis alone. She stood amidst a great cloud of women ordained to ministry in the 19th and 20th centuries, not to mention the long line of women serving in official Christian ministry roles throughout the pre-modern era. Yet, despite the long historical reality of women in public ministry, when Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church ordained three women in 2021, the conservative evangelical church erupted in protest at this “unbiblical” capitulation to modern culture. While a hardening of conservative theological attitudes toward women in the latter half of the 20th century contributed to growing discomfort with ordained women, theology is only part of the story. Drawing from ancient, medieval, and modern history, this seminar shows how the rigidity of Christian patriarchy among modern conservative evangelicals stems as much from how we have told history as it does from changes in our theology.

Beth Allison Barr, PhD, is Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Baylor University. She received her B.A. in History from Baylor University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Pastoral Care of Women in Late Medieval England, co-editor of The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation, co-editor of Faith and History: A Devotional, and—most recently—the author of the best-selling The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. Dr. Barr writes regularly on The Anxious Bench, a religious history blog on Patheos, and has contributed to Religion News Service, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, The Dallas Morning News, Sojourners, Baptist News Global, etc. You can find more about her public writings, interviews, and podcasts on her website

The Politics of Jesus
Sixteenth Jean and Patrick Henry, Jr. Seminar
Saturday, March 25, 2023
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

The ministry of Jesus entailed a radical political dimension that is seldom acknowledged. The message he proclaimed not only called for change in individual hearts, but also demanded sweeping, comprehensive change in the political, social and economic structures in his setting in life. An important goal of his ministry was to radically change the distribution of authority and power, goods and resources, so all people – particularly “the least of these” – might have lives free of political repression, enforced hunger and poverty, and undue insecurity. He sought not only to heal people’s pain but also to inspire and empower the people to remove the unjust social and political structures that too often were the cause of their pain.

Obery Hendricks, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in Religion and African American and African Diasporic Studies. An Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hendricks holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University. He is the author of the best-selling The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Doubleday: 2006). His most recent book is Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith (Beacon: 2021).


Principles of Fundraising
James R. Reed Seminar on Christian Stewardship – COURSE ONE
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT

From Girl Scout cookies to church offerings, to massive university endowments, donating money to support what we value is a fundamental part of American life. Most are familiar with giving, few with asking and receiving. How does an organization seek, secure, and steward donated money? Much trial and error has provided answers, yielding many insights and best practices, which this course will discuss. In addition, fundraising operates at four levels, namely, the individual, social, organizational, and cultural, and it must account for each, which this course will do. If you have a cause for which you wish to advocate, and specifically raise money, this course will help you get better at doing so.

Dale Walker, PhD, is Vice President for Advancement at Brite Divinity School. Since 1998 he has held development positions at a research library, science museum, design school, college of arts and sciences, and a seminary. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Chicago (M.A., University of Chicago, B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and has published two books, Paul’s Offer of Leniency in 2 Corinthians 10:1 (2002) and Beyond the Obvious: Doorways to Understanding the New Testament (2014). Raised in Michigan, he spent most of his life in Chicago, but received his first taste of life in the West while working at the University of Wyoming.

The Evolution of Jesus and The Gospels
Seventeenth Fred B. Craddock Seminar on the Gospels – COURSE TWO
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT

In just a short period of time during the second half of the first century, the followers of Jesus quickly learned to adapt and reinterpret the stories of/about Jesus according to their own realities. In doing so, they paved the road for us to continue the process of re-appropriating and reframing the gospel to make sense of it from our own social locations. This seminar offers a chronological assessment of the canonical Gospels and their distinct portrayals of Jesus. By using a vertical reading of the Gospels, starting with Mark, we will trace the process of reframing used by the evangelists and highlight the crafting of their new images of Jesus.

Leticia A. Guardiola-Saenz, PhD, is Associate Professor of Christian Scriptures at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. She earned her Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt University, M.A. in Religion from Vanderbilt, M.Div from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.T.S. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.A. Spanish Literature from Tecnológico de Monterrey and B.B. in Accounting from Tecnológico de Monterrey Originally from Reynosa, Mexico, Dr. Guardiola-Saenz was born and raised in the borderlands between Mexico and the United States and grew up within the Baptist church. She uses her bicultural experience as one of her critical lenses for reading the New Testament. She is the author of several publications that have appeared in various books and magazines. She co-edited the book The Peoples ‘Companion to the Bible, and a feminist – cultural interpretation of The Letters of John, for the Wisdom Bible Commentary series.

Church Inside-Out: Digital, Virtual or Online?
Fourteenth W.A Welsh Seminar – COURSE THREE
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT

Most faith communities shifted online during COVID 19. At the onset of this pandemic, some churches had resources already in place, while others swiftly scrambled to acquire the technological resources needed to have a digital presence. Unfortunately, some churches closed their doors and have not reopened. Conversations have been ongoing regarding whether the church will ever return to “normal.” This interactive seminar will inquire into the innovative ways faith leaders have reached people beyond the church building by investigating various churches’ online digital and virtual ministry components prior to, during, and beyond the COVID 19 pandemic. We will explore the opportunities and challenges leaders are presented with in a digital ministry, leaders’ pastoral presence online, the desire to get back to “normal”, and propose new ways forward.

Monica Bradley, MDiv, is Director of Admissions at Brite Divinity School. Monica earned a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School with a certificate in Sexual and Gender Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University. As a Member In Discernment, Monica is in the ordination process for authorized ministry in the Southern Association of the Southern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ. Monica’s ministry has focused on social, racial, and LGBTQIA+ justice. Monica was one of the founding members of the Racial Justice Collaborative in the DFW area. As a supporter and community member in San Diego, CA, Monica served on the Board of Directors for: Stepping Stone of San Diego – Member at Large for United Way CHAD San Diego, Diversionary Theater, and Urban Pride.

How to Make a Prophet: Justice in the Books of Amos and Proverbs
Joan and Aubrey Gearner Seminar – COURSE FOUR
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm CT

If one wanted to reflect on the question of social and economic justice in the Hebrew Bible, one might well decide to study the message of a prophet like Amos of Tekoa, who famously cried out, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24). By contrast, the book of Proverbs, with its many chapters of “everyday advice” probably would not be high on most people’s lists of “justice texts,” even though it uses much of the same terminology and treats some of the same themes as Amos. This seminar will consider the social-economic and political background of Amos’s words and Proverbs’ teaching as well as the similarities and differences between Amos’s justice preaching and Proverbs’ justice teaching, noting how the views of both inform and diverge from ideas about justice that many people today hold. Finally, we will consider how scribes and other literate people in ancient Israel were educated through study of texts like Proverbs and how this education might be said to have formed Amos’s character and so consequently his prophetic preaching.

Timothy J. Sandoval, PhD, is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School. Prior to joining Brite, Sandoval was on the faculty of Chicago Theological Seminary. Sandoval’s scholarly work focuses on questions of ethics, justice, and poverty in the wisdom literature of the Bible, especially the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He is also interested in Latinx biblical hermeneutics. Dr. Sandoval earned his M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible is from Emory University. Sandoval is the author of The Discourse of Wealth and Poverty in the book of Proverbs, Money and the Way of Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Proverbs (forthcoming) as well as numerous articles.

Registration Options

(online only)

B. ONE-DAY SEMINARS ONLY SERIES SUBSCRIPTION (All four seminars offered online) @ $50.00

C. INDIVIDUAL 4-PART COURSE (1-4 part course offered online) @ $50.00

D. ALL FOUR 4-PART COURSES (all 4-part courses offered online – 16 dates) @150.00

E. COMPLETE SERIES SUBSCRIPTION (All seminars and courses -20 dates) @ $200.00


**Note: The ONLINE seminars (only) will be available for on demand viewing afterward.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register?
1. Register online at
2. Call (817) 257-7589

How much is the registration fee?
Individual one-day seminars are $15.00. Individual 4-part courses are $50.00. Or choose one of three money-saving subscriptions: All one-day seminars package only (four online seminars for $50.00); All 4-part courses (16 online seminars for $150.00); or the Complete Series (all twenty offerings of seminars and courses for $200.00. Students, please contact the Office of Lay and Continuing Education for pricing.

Where are classes held?
All seminars, classes, and courses will be held online.

How do I access the classes on Zoom?
Instructions for accessing each session will be sent a few days prior to the class/seminar.

What computer equipment will I need to participate?
Classes and lectures will be available through Zoom and YouTube. Zoom can be accessed from any device: Phone, Mobile Phone, Tablet, Mac or PC with a camera and/or microphone. Or, you can call in on your phone but will not have access to the video. More information is available at or call 817-257-7589.

What if I have never used Zoom or YouTube?
The Office of Lay and Continuing Education will be available to assist you in learning to use the tools.

What about scholarships?
In keeping with the history of the School and the mission of Brite Divinity School, we want to make the seminars available to all. If you would like to apply for financial aid, please contact our office and arrangements will be made to ensure your participation.