AU hosts Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lectures

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February 24, 2006

The AU Department of Religious Studies will host the upcoming Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, March 6-7, 2006. Under the theme, "Sanctuary and Classroom: Partners in Faith Formation," the two-day lecture series is open to pastors, teachers in congregations, and the public. The purpose of the series is to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries.

The Christian education lectures will feature three speakers: Dr. E. Byron Anderson, Dr. Cheryl Magrini and Dr. Debra Dean Murphy. The 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.

The event was endowed by Rev. Billie Roy Smith B.Th. ’49, Mrs. Smith’s husband of 54 years. Pearl Toon Smith, a Christian educator of the Church of God, taught Sunday school, served as director of Spiritual Life for the Women of the Church of God in Alabama, and was supportive of Christian missions throughout the world.

Dr. E. Byron (Ron) Anderson is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg associate professor of Worship and Music Ministry and the director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He earned a doctorate from Emory University and his Master of Divinity from the Yale University Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is the author of "Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves" (2003) and "The Meaning of Holy Communion in the United Methodist Church" (2000). He co-edits "Doxology: A Journal of Worship." Dr. Anderson is president of the Liturgical Conference Board of Directors and a member of the Religious Education Association, the American Guild of Organists, and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Dr. Cheryl Magrini is the minister of Christian Education at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple and an adjunct professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She earned a doctorate in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical. She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Religious Education Association and serves on the Liturgical Conference Board of Directors. Her published works include "Re-visioning Eucharistic Faith" (Doxology, 2003), "Story in Ritual and Play with Children" (Liturgy, 2004), and "Children’s Interpretation of Biblical Meal Stories: Ethnographic Intertextual Voicing as a Practice of Hospitable Pedagogy" (Religious Education, Winter 2006). She is a guest editor for the "Children in Worship" (2004) issue of Liturgy. She is currently writing "Sacred Meal Stories: Forming Faith at the Daily Table," a book based on a collection of true stories describing various individuals’ sacramental experiences at the table.

Dr. Debra Dean Murphy is the director of Christian Education at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church near Raleigh, N.C., and an adjunct assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy at Meredith College. She earned a doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University. She is the author of "Teaching that Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education" and a member of the Religious Education Association.

Also during the two-day event will be presentations by Courtney Award recipients on Tuesday, March 7, at 12:15 a.m. in Kane dining room, Olt Student Center. The Donald Addison Courtney Memorial Award is given to one undergraduate and one School of Theology student for research on the year’s lecture theme. The Award is named in memory of Dr. Donald A. Courtney, who was Professor of Christian Education at Anderson College (1958-66) and Executive Secretary of the Board of Christian Education of the Church of God (1966-86). He was a loyal friend of students, a mentor to many educators, and an advocate for education in the church.

The following schedule has been determined for the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lecture in Christian Education:

MONDAY, March 6, 2006:

(7:30 p.m.) Reardon Auditorium Lobby
Opening statements from keynote speakers

(8:45 p.m.) Open Reception

TUESDAY, March 7, 2006:

(8:15-9:30 a.m.) Hartung Hall, room 104
Dr. Debra Murphy

(10-10:50 a.m.) Location to be determined
Dr. Cheryl Magrini

(11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.) Hartung Hall, room 166
Dr. Ron Anderson

(12:15-1:45 p.m.)
Luncheon presentation by Courtney Award recipients: Kane dining room, Olt Student Center. Meal provided with RSVP.

(2-3:15 p.m.) Reardon Auditorium lobby
Panel discussion with keynote speakers

For more information about the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, please contact Dr. Alan Overstreet, assistant professor of Christian Education and Ministry in the AU Department of Religious Studies, at (765)-641-4500.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, education and theology.