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Religion briefs for March 2

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Phil Cooke [Photo provided]
Phil Cooke [Photo provided]

Gospel singing is set

DEL CITY — The monthly Del City Gospel Singing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Del City Nazarene Church, 4701 SE 26.

Singers will include nationally known singing group, Three Bridges, and Randy Mullino. Admission is free. A love offering will be received.

For more information, call 677-2330.

Church to host 'Jesus Seminar' workshop

EDMOND — Historical Jesus scholars Joanna Dewey and Stephen Patterson will present workshops on "Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at Edmond Trinity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1400 NW 178.

Dewey and Patterson will explore whether Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet or a wisdom sage and will discuss his wisdom teachings and parables. Dewey is Harvey H. Guthrie Jr. Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Patterson is George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette College in Salem, Oregon.

The workshops are presented by Jesus Seminar on the Road. Registration for all sessions is $75. Online registration is available at http://westarinstitute.org.

For more information, call the Rev. Don Heath, pastor of Edmond Trinity Christian Church, at 348-8019.

ORU hires media professional

TULSA — Media producer, consultant and author Phil Cooke has been hired to serve as a visiting professional in residence for the Communications and Media Department at Oral Roberts University.

"Phil Cooke is known throughout the media landscape for his ability to help others tell their stories and for his skill at merging the worlds of faith and entertainment,” ORU President William M. Wilson said in a news release. “His extensive knowledge will allow ORU students to have a powerful impact on media not only in Hollywood, but around the world.”

Cooke, a 1976 ORU alumnus, is the founder and chief executive officer of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, producing television and film programming in more than 60 countries. He leads a creative team that has launched, branded and created media strategies for many of the largest and most effective churches, ministries and nonprofits around the world.

Cooke was executive producer of “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise,” released to theaters nationwide in 2016, and produced Billy Graham’s program “Starting Over,” which reached nearly 1.5 billion people in 200 countries in one day.

“My goal is to change church culture and impact the world with quality Christian media,” Cooke said. “Christians can and should be the most creative people in the world because they have some of the greatest stories to tell. I want ORU students to be the best in the industry at telling those stories.”

Cooke earned his bachelor of arts degree in television and film from ORU in 1976, a master of arts in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 and a Ph.D. in theology from Trinity College and Seminary in 2002. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also serves on ORU’s Communication and Media Task Force.

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