Aus Memorial Lecture
Lost and Found
(musical duo Michael Bridges and George Baum)
Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation
The members of Lost and Found, Michael Bridges and George Baum, have been traveling around the world performing concerts of their original music and making friends in the process, since they were in high school.
Just as they started their musical tours by riding bicycles coast to coast and performing on borrowed instruments wherever they were welcomed, they continue to encourage all who hear them to "do what you can with what you have for the glory of God.” They make their unique sound with just two instruments and their voices. Their concerts are interactive, driven by the audience. Each show is different—always spontaneous, improvisational and musical, and often poignant and funny.
Some have said their music is "acoustic thrash,” or “Speedwood.” Some have called it "heavy mental,” owing to all the lyrical content in each three-minute song. And some have simply said, "Well, at least it's organic." However you choose to characterize the sound, if you see these guys play, you'll find that all are welcome, that strangers become friends at the concerts, and that the music of faith is fun.
After 29 years on tour, Bridges and Baum only perform for special occasions (like this one). In their daily lives, Baum is the rector at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Massillon, Ohio. Bridges works with a few partners in Los Angeles on the development of a mobile phone app, Stashimi, for music fans.
You can view the 2015 Aus Memorial Lecture featuring Teresa Fry Brown here. The lecture was held on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation.
Teresa Fry Brown
Teresa Fry Brown is the historiographer and executive director of research and scholarship for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She also serves as professor of homiletics at the Candler School of Theology and director of black church studies at Emory University.
She is the first tenured black female professor at Candler and the first African-American and female to hold the Bandy Chair in Preaching. She holds a Ph.D. in religious and theological studies from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. She also holds a Master of Divinity, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science.
Fry Brown has extensive teaching and preaching experience in national and international academic and ecumenical settings. Seminar, workshop and lecture topics include homiletics, womanist discourse, black church studies, church administration and leadership, African-American health and family issues, ministerial relationships and worship.
A prolific author, Fry Brown’s books include “Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in Proclamation” (2008); “Can A Sister Get a Little Help?: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry” (2008); and “The 2006 African American History Devotional.” She has also contributed to “Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor” (2010), Homiletix, the Wesley Study Bible, African American Pulpit Lectionary, Lectionary Homiletics, Abingdon Press African American Pulpit Library, Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual and many more.
Fry Brown is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and an associate minister at New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lithonia, Ga.
Established in 1978, the Aus Lectures focus on evangelism. In memory of George Aus, a prominent evangelist and professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary from 1939 to 1973.