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Renowned Theologian Talks About Jesus in a Post-Christian Era

Published on March 12, 2014

Rev. Dr. William H. WillimonThe Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University Divinity School, will present the annual Alice Pope Shade Lecture at Susquehanna University on March 24. Titled “Thinking About Jesus in a Post-Christian World,” the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Willimon recently retired after serving eight years as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He is the author of 60 books, with more than a million copies sold. The Academy of Parish Clergy selected his “Worship as Pastoral Care” as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors. He also serves as editor-at-large for The Christian Century.

A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center named Willimon as the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors. He was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world by an international survey conducted by Baylor University in 1996.

The Alice Pope Shade Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of the Chaplain. The annual lecture is made possible by the Alice Pope Shade Fund, established in 1983 by her daughter Rebecca Shade Mignot, a 1954 graduate of Susquehanna.

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