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Sunday Inspiration: Peter John Gomes

June 14th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes


I have nothing against the miracles, but for me the qualities of Jesus that endure for contemplation are his stability and serenity. I like thinking about what gets Jesus from day to day. The Gospels are full of wonderful evidence about what took Jesus from morning to noon to night, and these details are great sources of spiritual insight. The portrait is of a man living through these highly dramatic events, yet who sees beyond them to their real meaning in the context of an eternal life. I feel this is someone I want to know.

–from The Santa Barbara Independent,  Peter J. Gomes interviewed by Charles Donelan


Biographical Notes: Peter J. Gomes is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Member of the Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Bates College (B.A., 1965) and the Harvard Divinity School (S.T.B. [bachelor’s of sacred theology], 1968). In addition, he holds 36 honorary degrees from: New England College, Waynesburg College, Gordon College, Knox College, The University of the South, Duke University, The University of Nebraska, Wooster College, Bates College, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Trinity College, Bowdoin College, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Colby College, Olivet College, Mount Holyoke College, Furman University, Baker University, Mount Ida College, Willamette University, The State University of New York at Geneseo, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Ursinus College, Wagner College, Lesley University, Williams College, Virginia Theological Seminary, Morris College, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hamilton College, Union College, Tuskegee University, Lasell College, The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York, Lafayette College, and Augustana College.

Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Gomes is an internationally known for his spiritually and intellectually challenging sermons and speeches, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, The University of Cambridge, England, where The Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.

To read a more detailed biography of Rev. Gomes, click HERE.

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