Coming in October 2019…
Understanding Paul
Co-moderated by
Jim Allison and Phillip Periman
Friday & Saturday
October 4 & 5
St. Luke Presbyterian Church
Preparatory Reading:
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright — St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong — What Paul Meant by Gary Wiles
Friday, October 4
7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Topic: Paul’s Conversion–what was it and how did it happen?
Introduced by Jim Allison
Comments by Phillip Periman
Followed by small group discussion facilitated by Rev. Kati Collins, Mark Morey, Kary Wingo, Phillip Periman, and Jim Allison.
Reports from the small groups to wrap-up.
Saturday, October 5
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall
Topic: What did Paul write about Jesus the Jewish Messiah?
Introduced by Phillip Periman with comments on what Paul said about women by Jim Allison
Followed by small group discussion.
Saturday, October 5
1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Topic: Who was more important to the spread of Christianity–Paul or Jesus?
Introduced by Jim Allison
Comments by Phillip Periman
Followed by small group discussion.
Sunday, October 6
11:00 a.m.
St. Luke Sanctuary
Worship Service led by
Pastor Kati Collins
“Grace Unchained”
Jim Allison was born and raised in and around Hereford, Texas, by a stoic and stalwart farmer-stockman father and devoutly religious, long-suffering, and loving mother.  He completed graduation requirements at Hereford High School, Austin College in Sherman, Texas (English and Philosophy), and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU (Trust major).  He has been employed in agribusiness, farm policy lobbying, radio and television broadcasting, banking and finance, and finally and as President and CEO of the Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, retiring in 2010.
Concerning spirituality, Jim received his early religious formation within the Southern Baptist community of Hereford, being immersed in the Protestant revival movement of the period (Billy Graham) which was swept by waves of conversion and evangelical confession, many made by friends and family.  While embracing the Southern Baptist worldview during adolescence, before long, he began to regard many Christian doctrines with growing skepticism and a waning belief in the moral and spiritual absolutes.  Thus, the nature of his spirituality, not unlike that of St. Paul, has entailed a lifelong struggle with religious questions.
Phillip Periman was born in Memphis, Texas, grew up in Amarillo, and left the panhandle after graduating from Amarillo High School in 1957.  He received a BA in history from Yale University in 1961 and his medical degree from Washington School of Medicine in 1965.n 1976,  He returned as the first full-time member of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Texas Tech Medical School in Amarillo.  He taught every third-year medical student at Texas Tech, Amarillo, from 1976 until the summer of 2016.  As a founder of the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center, he participated in the care of patients with cancer and blood diseases until 2017.  He retired from private practice with the Texas Oncology Cancer Center in Amarillo.
Phillip grew up in the Presbyterian church, but became an American Baptist in NYC, then an Episcopalian lay reader in Washington, D.C.  After he was dismissed for being too liberal as a lay reader in the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo (now defunct), he returned to the mainstream Presbyterian tradition and is now an elder at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, Texas.
Coming in January 2020…
Marriage after Religion
led by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, formerly at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami and before that at Yale University, is Senior Minister for Judson Memorial Church on the corner of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City.  She began this post in 2005, will be ordained 45 years in 2019.  As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well-prepared for all they have to face.