Appearances, Advance Praise, and Media

Appearances

Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:30 a.m.  | Madrugadores Breakfast Club, Houston, TX
Barkley will read  from his new book, In the Midst of the City, and participate in discussion.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
7 p.m.  | St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX
Barkley will read from and talk about his new book, In the Midst of the City.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Evening  |  Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN
Barkley will read from and discuss his new book, In the Midst of the City. Also, at noon that same day, he will also preach as part of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Lenten Series.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
6 p.m.  | St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA
Barkley will read from his new book, In the Midst of the City, and be interviewed.

Saturday, April 27 , 2019
TBD  |  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock, AR
Barkley will discuss his new book, In the Midst of the City, and sign copies as part of the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival.

 

To inquire about Barkley Thompson’s availability for speaking engagements, readings, panels, and talk, please contact Louise Langford at llangford@christchurchcathedral.org.

Past events

Sunday, September 16
10 a.m.  |  Reynolds Hall at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX
Barkley Thompson will speak about his new book, In the Midst of the City.

Wednesday, October 3
6:30 p.m.  |  Sanders Hall at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX
Houston Chronicle “Gray Matters” columnist Lisa Gray will interview Barkley about his new book, In the Midst of the City.

Friday, October 5
4 p.m.  |  Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy, Hendrix College, Conway AR 
Barkley Thompson will speak about his new book, In the Midst of the City.

Sunday, October 28
7 p.m.  |  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
Barkley will speak about his new book, In the Midst of the City.

Thursday, November 1
7 p.m.  |  The Boniuk Institute of Religious Tolerance, Rice University, 100 Herring Hall, Houston, TX
Engaging the Body Politic through the Lens of Faith
Barkley will speak on a panel with Rabbi Oren Hayon of Congregation Emanu El and the Rev. Dr. Steve Wells of South Main Baptist Church, one week prior to the midterm elections. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Saturday, November 3
1 p.m.  |  Jung Center, Houston, TX
On Your Sleeve?: A Conversation on How to Live Faith
Pittman McGehee and Barkley Thompson have both served as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest house of faith in Houston and one which continues to be an influential voice in our city.  McGehee and Thompson both contend that faith cannot be compartmentalized, but is, rather, the well-spring of mystery, wonder, and commitment in our lives.  McGehee, a Diplomat Jungian analyst, is the author of seven books, his discussion will build a psycho/spiritual worldview, taken from his book,  The Invisible Church. Thompson’s latest book is In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics, which makes the case that faith is always political but never partisan, insisting that people of faith must immerse themselves in God’s alternate vision for the world before deciding upon social and political convictions.  Join McGehee and Thompson for an afternoon of conversation. Learn more and get tickets here.

Monday, November 12
7 p.m.  |  Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
Barkley will read  from his new book, In the Midst of the City, and have a signing, one week after the midterm elections.

Advance Praise

I have been among the thousands who’ve heard Barkley Thompson preach his moving sermons. As personal witness to the power and profound language he employs to engage and enthrall us with his spoken words, those who read this book will feel his extraordinary ability to help us interpret both the divisions and connections we experience as we move through this complex religious, secular and political world. In his words, “The Gospel is not partisan.”

– Diane Rehm, longtime host of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show and host of the NPR podcast On My Mind

In a time when a deep ravine separates progressives and conservatives, it is refreshing to read a compelling book that refuses to accept the alternative. As Christians, writes Barkley Thompson at the beginning of the book, “we must begin with the Gospel and allow the Gospel to shape our politics whole-cloth.” And then, throughout the book, he delivers on this promise, taking head-on issue after issue that divide citizens in the United States.

– Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University, Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and author of Exclusion and Embrace

Pilgrim, beware! This book reminds us that the God who makes his home in the midst of the polis (the city) intends a very different life politic for the citizens of the reign of God. It is a life that claims our entirety. Barkley Thompson opens up God’s vision, and rings the Cathedral​ ​b​ell’s clarion call, to join ​in faith those who have​​ ​sought to have their actions mirror the reign of God’s love over and against the​ ​​world’s imposter politics​.”

– The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas, and author of The Jesus Heist and Vocãtiõ

Afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted can be a risky calling. Barkley Thompson demonstrates eloquently how a thoughtful pastor can illuminate controversies of our common life by the light of the Gospel. Passionate, yet disciplined, Dean Thompson employs his knowledge of history, his love for people, and his theological interpretation of holy scripture to engage Christian faith with politics from his place in the midst of the city. This book offers a focus of conversation for parishes and an inspiration and encouragement to preachers.

– The Very Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President of the Seminary of the Southwest and author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John

Media

Perspectives Urban and Personal: New Books with Local Connections,” St. John’s Episcopal Church site, Roanoke, VA, September 29, 2018.

In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics,” Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin, September 2018.