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Release date: March 9, 2001
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Noted Irish Methodist To Preach At Candler Homecoming

Homecoming at Emory University's Candler School of Theology will feature sermons and discussions with noted Irish clergyman the Rev. T. David Cooper, superintendent minister at the Newtownabbey Methodist Mission in Ireland, Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20.

Cooper, who has been active in social community and political life in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, will preach during the homecoming opening worship at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in Cannon Chapel. The next day he will lead a discussion on reconciliation between religions from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and will preach at the closing worship at 11 a.m., also in Cannon Chapel.

In July 2000, Cooper moved from the largest Methodist congregation in Ireland to be minister at Newtownabbey, which has a program of social and community work. Cooper also is secretary of the Council on Social Responsibility, the department of the Methodist Church that relates to political life, and as such meets with political leaders on a regular basis. Cooper is a member of the board of governors of Edgehill Theological College, Belfast, and Methodist College, Belfast, the largest co-educational second-level school in Britain.

The overall theme of this year's homecoming, "Journeys of Reconciliation," is presented as part of the Year of Reconciliation at Emory. Also scheduled Thursday are a panel discussion on reconciliation by Cooper, Candler faculty and alumni, and a reception and book signing featuring the latest faculty publications.

In a particularly timely session Friday, Candler faculty members Elizabeth Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics; and Nancy Eiesland, assistant professor of sociology of religion, will discuss results of their latest research in a presentation called "When Crisis Strikes Your Community: How Religious Groups Respond," part of the university's Great Teachers Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. at the Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Rd.
For more information or a complete schedule of homecoming events, call 404-727-6352. For more information about the Great Teacher Lecture Series, call 404-727-6216.

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