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Edwards-Presler Lectures are November 13

Oct 29, 2014
Lectures to address violence against women and the Holy Spirit's influence in interfaith dialogue; Presented in partnership with the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums


On November 13, 2014, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will play host to the ninth-annual Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission. This year’s lecturers are Dr. Amos Yong and Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite. Both lectures will take place at Caldwell Chapel on the seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky. 40205).

Susan ThistlethwaiteThistlethwaite (pictured to the right), who is a professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, will give the Edwards lecture from 7 to 8 p.m.

Her lecture, “A Just Peace Approach to Ending the Global War on Women,” will draw from her latest book, Women's Bodies as Battlefields: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and will focus on the roles that spiritual leaders and faith communities from all denominations play to respond to the widespread culture of violence against women.

Amos YongYong (pictured to the right), who is the director of the Center for Missiological Research and professor of theology and mission at Fuller Theological Seminary, will give the Presler lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

His lecture, “Doors to Dialogue and Mission: Openings Afforded by the Holy Spirit in a World of Many Faiths,” will focus on how beliefs in the presence of a divine or “holy” spirit influence or inspire interfaith dialogue and understanding, especially with respect to missionary activity shared or common among different faith traditions.

The Edwards Peacemaking Lectureship honors Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean. Dr. Edwards, who died in 2010, served the Seminary for 27 years as professor of New Testament. Together, the Edwards shared a ministry that was active in Christian efforts for peace and social justice. The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the lifetime missionary service of the Presler couple and to inspire the community about issues of global mission and the role of American denominations in their historical and present witness in mission.

The 2014 Edwards-Presler lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for more information or call (502) 992-9382.

Festival of Faiths Fall Forums
For the second year in a row, Louisville Seminary’s Edwards-Presler Lectures will be presented in partnership with the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums, which are hosted by the Center for Interfaith Relations. Festival of Faiths Fall Forums celebrate community partners, shared spaces and neighborhood dialogue that inspire social transformation and renewal. In addition to the Edwards-Presler Lectures, the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums include a two-day workshop on neighborhood economics, which will explore the topic of whole communities and how to build economic resilience at the local level.

The Neighborhood Economics workshop will take place November 12-13 at Christ Church Cathedral and will feature keynote talks by Walter Brueggemann, influential theologian and Old Testament scholar, and Peter Block, author, consultant and speaker on the topic of whole communities. Find out more and register at www.centerforinterfaithrelations.org.

About Louisville Seminary
Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world's religious, racial and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. For more information, call (800) 895-3411 or log onto www.lpts.edu.

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