September 9, 2011

Advance Notice

New Candler series features speakers of influence

The Dean's Lecture Series is a new initiative from Candler School of Theology presenting conversations with influential figures in history and culture, academics, and ministry in a free, monthly lunchtime format.

The first event is Wednesday, Sept. 14. Excerpts from the PBS documentary "Freedom Riders" will be shown, then Bernard Lafayette Jr., Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence, will answer questions and respond to comments. Lafayette was part of a group of Nashville students who took part in this effort to challenge segregation laws in 1961.

"The Art of Preaching in the 21st Century" is the topic for the Oct. 12 lecture. Gary V. Simpson, a pastor in the social change tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., will discuss his thoughts on preaching in today's complex society. An assistant professor of homiletics at Drew University and senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Simpson is visiting Candler as a speaker in "The Art of Preaching in the 21st Century" fall conference.

Candida Moss will speak on "The Invention of Voluntary Martyrdom in Early Christianity" Nov. 9. Moss is assistant professor of New Testament and Christian Origins in the theology department at the University of Notre Dame.  She is the author of "The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom," for which she received the 2011 Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

The series events are held at 11 a.m. at Candler School of Theology Room 252. Boxed lunches are available for those who sign up by noon on the Thursday prior to each lecture.

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