Staley Lectures Scheduled September 25-26
The Staley Lectures will feature Rev. Al Staggs who, using the writings of his characters, portrays several influential faith figures from the twentieth century. There will be two presentations on September 25 and 26 in the sanctuary of Jones Chapel.
At 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening he will portray both Archbishop Oscar Romero and Rev. Clarence Jordan. Romero’s ministry in his native El Salvador was marked by an outspoken concern for the rights of the poor and, as a result of his opposition to the abuse of the poor, was murdered. Jordan was a Southern Baptist pastor and Biblical scholar who also devoted himself to the needs of the poor and who opposed racial injustice in America. Founder of an interracial farm community in Georgia, he proclaimed in a radical lifestyle the teachings of Jesus. Along with Millard Fuller, he was the co-founder of what is now Habitat for Humanity.
On Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Staggs will portray German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer expressed moral outrage at the Nazi treatment of Jews and ultimately made the difficult ethical decision to join in a plot to assassinate Hitler. For his opposition to Hitler he was hanged just days before his prison camp was liberated by allied troops.
The campus community is invited to attend both of these presentations and off campus guests are welcome. These presentation qualify as a cultural event for General Education.
Also, there will be a lunch dialogue for faculty, staff or students with Rev. Staggs on Wednesday at noon in the Wainwright suite of Belk dining hall. To reserve a place, please call the chapel office at x8346.
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24