Huntington church hosts free lecture series for public

Professors from Yale University and Fairfield University will speak at this year’s lecture series at Huntington United Methodist Church, 338 Walnut Tree Hill Road. The talks are free and open to the public.

The series begins with Gregory Sterling, dean of Yale Divinity School, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and will continue every Sunday in October at the same time. A question-and-answer period and light reception will follow each lecture.

The goal of the talks is to unite important scholarly reflection with applicable insights for people who are seeking to live a thoughtful faith, according to publicity material.

About the speaker

Gregory Sterling is a New Testament scholar who has focused on how early Christians and Jews interacted with one another and with the Greco-Roman world.

He previously was a professor and dean at the University of Notre Dame. Sterling has written several books and is a Churches of Christ minister. He has earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate.

The other lectures

Sunday, Oct. 13 — The Rev. Frederick “Jerry” Streets, chaplain emeritus of Yale University.

Sunday, Oct. 20 — Christopher Staecker, a professor at Fairfield University and Huntington United Methodist Church member.

Sunday, Oct. 27 — Bryan Spinks, a professor at Yale Divinity School.

Huntington United Methodist Church can be reached at 203-929-5545; the website is

The church’s history

Huntington United Methodist Church was founded in 1967, with members originally meeting at Mohegan School. Construction began on a church complex in 1969, with Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke presiding over the consecration two years later.

The current pastor, the Rev. Timothy B. Hare, has been with the church in Shelton since June 2004. Preceding him were the Revs. Robert Osgood, Kun Sam Cho, Eric Fjeldal, Brian Schofield-Bodt, Noel Koestline, Sanford (Sandy) Stamper, Stuart Thody, Lawrence Bungay, William R. Doughty and Barton Bovee.

Huntington United Methodist celebrated its silver anniversary in 1992, the same year that an expansion and renovation project was completed at the church.