Signs Appear That the Toxic Political Atmosphere in America is Beginning to Lift

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on 15 September 2011 0 Comments
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My name is Victor Fuentes, I live in Ottawa, Canada.  I am a graduated lay minister of the United Church of Canada, originally from Central America.  I have read some of your books and I have a lot of  admiration for your contemporary interpretation of the Bible.  I would like to know if I can get a transcript from your lecture on The Terrible Texts of the Bible (Burke Lecture).  I am going back to my country and I would like to reproduce the lecture in Spanish with your authorization.  Thank you.


Dear Victor,

Thank you for your letter.  Places where I go to lecture frequently both audio and video record the lectures and distribute them as they will.  Normally I have nothing to do with it.  The Burke Lecture, to which you refer, was delivered at San Diego at the San Diego branch of the University of California a number of years ago.  I gather it has played on PBS several times in that part of California, since following each replaying I receive a new spate of letters about it.  I also know it is available on the web for any one to hear or even to download who wishes to do so.  I do not, however, have a copy and seldom do I keep copies of the audiovisuals anyway.  If you would contact the University of California in San Diego or the PBS station in that part of California, I feel confident they would be able to get it for you and I would be quite pleased if you were to translate it into Spanish.

I wish you well.

~John Shelby Spong




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