Title: The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way iof Jesus
Publication Date: February 2012
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Dr. Robin Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a tenured professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, an author, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City since 1985, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference.
Dr. Meyers was born in Oklahoma City, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Wichita State University (75) he received his M. Div. from the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University (79) and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey (81). In 1991, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Oklahoma’s Communication Department, for his work in the area of persuasion and preaching.
Dr. Meyers is the author of six books. His first, WITH EARS TO HEAR: Preaching as Self-Persuasion (Pilgrim Press, 1993), is a textbook for preachers; his second, entitled MORNING SUN ON A WHITE PIANO: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life (Doubleday, New York, 1998), endorsed by Bill Moyers, is about living a simpler and more sacramental life; his third, THE VIRTUE IN THE VICE: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly Sins, endorsed by Desmond Tutu, is about the close relationship between virtue and vice; his fourth, WHY THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT IS WRONG: A Minister’s Manifesto for Taking Back you Faith, your Flag, and your Future (Jossey/Bass, San Francisco, 2006), expanded upon an anti-war speech he delivered at the University of Oklahoma that became an internet phenomenon, and is endorsed by Bill Moyers, Desmond Tutu, John Shelby Spong, and the late William Sloane Coffin Jr.
His fifth book, released March 1, 2009 from Harper Collins, is entitled SAVING JESUS FROM THE CHURCH: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus (Harper One, 2009), endorsed by Desmond Tutu, Bill Moyers, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Fred B. Craddock, and Diana Butler Bass. It is about recovering the authentic message of the historical Jesus.
His latest book, released in February 2012 from Wiley and Sons (Jossey Bass), is entitled, THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus. It is a manifesto for the recovery of the church as a truly subversive, mission driven movement that lives out the gospel’s ethic, rather than arguing endlessly over theological and doctrinal differences.
Dr. Meyers is a member of the Jesus Seminar, a frequent speaker and preacher on the national stage, and accepts invitations to speak on both college campuses and in churches. He was twice a finalist for the pulpit of the Riverside Church, the Earl Preacher at the Earl Lectures in Berkeley in 2000, winner of the Angie Debo Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the ACLU, and was featured in an HBO documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean, the story of the first woman executed in Oklahoma, and Dr. Meyers’ efforts to save her life.