Noble Lecture

The William Belden Noble Lectures were established in 1898 by Nannie Yulee Noble in memory of her husband. According to the terms of the bequest: “The object of the Founder of the Lectures is to continue the mission of her husband, whose supreme desire was to extend the influence of Jesus as ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life,’ and to illustrate and enforce the words of Jesus — ‘I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.’ The Founder has in view the presentation of the personality of Jesus as given in the New Testament, or unfolded in the history of the Christian Church, or illustrated in the inward experience of His followers, or as the inspiration to Christian Missions for the conversion of the world. The scope of the Lectures is believed to be as wide as the highest interests of humanity.”

The Noble Lectures are free and open to the public.

2014 William Belden Noble Lecturer at the Faith & Life Forum

Watch this video of David Gergen interviewing Joshua DuBois, the 2014 William Belden Noble Lecturer, from the April 6, 2014 Faith & Life Forum at the Memorial Church

Upcoming Noble Lecture

Apr 07

William Belden Noble Lecture: Joshua DuBois


Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm


The Memorial Church Sanctuary

Joshua Dubois

"Approaching the Ledge: Why America needs a crisis of faith — and why, in order to save religion, we must be willing to let it die."

Listen to the Lecture (stream)

Joshua DuBois will explore the idea that we live in a time where faith exists without crisis, a coddled religious environment where God is not trusted to do God-sized things. As a result, some of the most significant social, political, and moral challenges we confront as a nation remain unsolved. Profiling leaders who have embraced deep crises of faith in the past — from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day — Mr. DuBois will plot a crisis-driven way forward that might finally address some of the most intractable problems we face.

Joshua DuBois,  former Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and author of The President's Devotionalwill present  the 2014 William Belden Noble Lecture. Free admission.

Apr 06

Faith & Life Forum: Joshua DuBois


Sunday, April 6, 2014, 9:30am to 10:15am


The Memorial Church Sanctuary

The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama
Joshua DuBois, Former Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

*Faith and Life Forum will take place this morning in the main sanctuary. Professor David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School, will interview Mr. DuBois. Joshua Dubois is the 2014 William Belden Noble Lecturer.