The Wesley Foundation is pleased to announce that United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon will be our Jim McDonald Lecturer this year. Bishop Willimon is a theologian, prolific writer, and current bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He served for many years as Dean of the Chapel at Duke and is known for his prolific writing, including works such as Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (co-authored with Stanley Hauerwas), Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins, Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministry, and, most recently, Thank God ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from the Cross.
Bishop Willimon has a passion for campus ministry, rooted in his tenure at Duke, and is a passionate, humorous, and powerful speaker.
The Jim McDonald Lecture honors our former directorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ministry and his passion for ecumenism and for the intersection of church and academy. The yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lecture marks our 6th and is on Monday, March 26, 2007, at 7:30pm at the UVA Chapel. Bishop WillimonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talk is entitled “Why Christians are Not Mere Monotheists: Christians as Trinitarians.” It is free and open to the public.
We are also sponsoring a workshop with local clergy and others who are interested in spending time with Bishop Willimon in a more intimate setting. The workshop is entitled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sin and Salvation: Proclaiming Cruciform Good NewsÃ¢â‚¬Â and will be held at the Wesley Foundation on Monday, March 26th from 10am -1pm (including lunch). Cost for the workshop is $15 per person and includes lunch. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21st.
For more information or to register for the workshop, please call the office (434-977-6500) or contact Deborah Lewis by email (deborahATwesleyatuva.org).