Humbert Lecture on Religion and Public Life

with Dr. Natalya Cherry

Eureka College is proud to announce the upcoming Humbert Lecture on Religions and Public Life, which will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Becker Auditorium of the Donald B. Cerf Center at Eureka College. This event is free and open to the public.


Established in 1975 to honor the 27-year teaching career of former professor Royal Humbert, the annual Humbert Lecture focuses on “dealing critically and constructively with relevant issues in the area of religion and culture.”


The lecture, titled "Believing INTO Christ: Beyond Propositions and Transactions to Relational Faith for Human Flourishing," will be delivered by the distinguished speaker, Dr. Natalya Cherry. Dr. Cherry, an Assistant Professor in Methodist Studies and Theology at Brite Divinity School, on the campus of Texas Christian University, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion.


In this thought-provoking lecture, Dr. Natalya Cherry calls for a restoration of the somewhat awkward phrase, "believing into Christ," and the profound concept it embodies. Her presentation will encourage attendees to embrace a relational perspective on Christian faith, transcending the limitations of purely propositional or transactional approaches. Dr. Cherry's insights promise to inspire fresh perspectives and dialogues on the role of belief in our lives and communities.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Natalya A. Cherry is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and a respected scholar in the fields of theology, history, and practice. Her commitment to fostering meaningful discourse and mitigating the divisive rhetoric that often pervades public discourse has earned her recognition and respect within her field. Dr. Cherry's first book, "Believing INTO Christ: Relational Faith and Human Flourishing," released in Fall 2021, has been celebrated for its innovative exploration of faith and its impact on human well-being.