AU hosts Christian Education Lecture Series, April 8-9

Tue, 2012-07-24 10:45 -- univcomm
The AU Department of Religious Studies will present the Fifth annual Pearl Toon Smith Christian Educations Lecture Series,April 8-9. The theme for the 2002 conference is, "Educating Toward Peace and Justice in a Violent World." The two-day lecture series is open to pastors, teachers in congregations, and the public. The Christian education lecture series will feature Kathleen and James McGinnis, co-founders and international coordinators of the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network. In 1995, the McGinnis’s were co-recipients of the Pax Christi USA “Teacher of Peace” award.

James McGinnis is the Director of the Violence Youth Prevention Training Program and serves as a consultant for dioceses, congregations, seminaries and public schools. Kathleen McGinnis serves as a consultant to school systems in the area of multicultural education and racism. The McGinnis have both served as faculty on university campuses and have authored numerous books focusing on the subjects of spirituality, justice and peacemaking.

In addition, the event will host afternoon panelists Mildred Powell, executive director of the Human Relations Department for the City of Anderson; Dondeena Caldwell, missionary and co-founder of the Peace Studies Program at Anderson University; and Rev. Bill Ferguson, pastor of the national Memorial Church of God in Washington, D.C.

The following event schedule has been determined:

Monday, April 8
(7 p.m.) “Educating Toward peace and Justice in a Violent World” led by James and Kathleen McGinnis. Reardon Auditorium Lobby.

Tuesday, April 9
(8:15 – 9:30 a.m.) “Educating Toward Peace and Justice in the Home” led by James and Kathleen McGinnis. Hartung Hall, room 101.

(10-10:50 a.m.) “Educating Toward Peace and Justice in Public Life” led by James and Kathleen McGinnis. Hartung Hall, room 101.

(11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) “Educating Toward Peace and Justice in Congregations ” led by James and Kathleen McGinnis. Hartung Hall, room 101.

(12:30-1:45 p.m.) Luncheon Presentation by Courtney Award Recipients. Kane Dining Room, Olt Student Center.

(2 -3:15 p.m.) “Educating Toward Peace and Justice in a Violent World” Mildred Powell, Dondeena Caldwell, Bill Ferguson (panelists). Reardon Auditorium Lobby.

(3:15-3:30 p.m.) Closing Reflections. Reardon Auditorium Lobby.

The Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lecture Series was established to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries.

For more information about the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lecture Series, please contact Dr. James Lewis, associate professor of Christian Ethics in the AU Department of Religious Studies at (765)-641-4500.

Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of nearly 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the school offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, and theology.