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2006-2007 Events

AUGUST 28, 2006 - An Arab Christian Perspective on America and the Middle East Conflicts 10:00 am in Neely Dining Hall - Dr. Martin Accad, the Oxford-educated academic dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, will speak about the conflicts in the Middle East and the contributions Christians there and in the U.S. can make toward resolving them.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 - The DaVinci Code…Decoded. 10:00 a.m. in Multimedia Hall, Bunch Library. Professor David Ribar, interim chair of the art dept., and Dr. Todd Lake, Vice President for Spiritual Development, will explore the truth behind the artistic and theological falsehoods put forth in the book and movie

SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - Faith & Evolution: Bunch Library Multimedia Hall (2nd Flr) 10:00 a.m.  Is there such a gulf between the text of Genesis and evolutionary thinking that one must choose between fidelity to God and fidelity to science?  Dr. Robert Grammer, chair of Belmont's department of biology, and Dr. Todd Lake, V.P. for Spiritual Development, a convocation that looks at how people who care about both "the book of nature" and "the book of Scripture" reconcile what they find in both. (CFD)

SEPTEMBER 22, 2006:Art Gish: Bunch Library Multimedia Hall (2nd Flr)      10:00 a.m., has been active in peace and social Justice work for over 40 years, having participated in the Civil Rights Movement. He has been part of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Israel since 1995. Gish is a graduate of Manchester College and Bethany Theological Seminary.  He is the author of The New Left and Christian Radicalism (Eerdmans, 1970), Beyond the Rat Race (Herald Press. 1972), Living in Christian Community (Herald Press, 1979), and Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking(Herald Press, 2001).  (CFD)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2006 - Multimedia Hall, Bunch Library (2nd Flr) 10:00 a.m., Faith-informed Academics - Each semester, we will have a panel of our academic deans talk about how their faith informs their work as academic leaders.  The first panel will include Dean Pat Raines (business), Dean Debra Wollaber (health sciences), and Dean Cynthia Curtis (Visual & Performing Arts).

OCTOBER 18 & 20, 2006 - Belmont Christian Community Development (Fall) Workshop: Bunch Library Multimedia Hall (2nd Flr), 10:00 a.m. Massey Boardroom (MBC 4th Flr), 11:30 a.m.  Ken Smith and Michael Kazin Our keynote speakers are Rev. Ken Smith, interim pastor of First Baptist Church, Leesburg, FL, one of the most innovative churches in America which was recently featured in the award-winning film The Touch.  The church of 7,000 is in the top 1% in evangelism, a multi-racial staff and congregation, 70 ministries including a rescue mission for the homeless, women’s shelter, two children’s homes, a pregnancy care center, clothes closet, food pantry, medical center, and many other ministries. Michael Kazin, historian from Georgetown University, has just published A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan, to rave reviews from the New York Times, among others.  Bryan was a populist, progressive leader who fought for unions, women’s right to vote, a progressive income tax, a ban on private campaign spending, and against American imperialism in Cuba and the Philippines.  He fought against the power of banks and corporations, and therefore against social Darwinism which accepted the rule of the powerful as a law of nature and saw the poor as justly deserving of their fate. (CFD)

NOVEMBER 13, 2006 –The Journey Home: Art from Nashville’s Homeless Community will open in Leu Art Gallery.  Collaboration between the Art Dept. and Room in the Inn

NOVEMBER 15, 2006 –Thanksgiving Service. Neely Dining Room, 10:00 a.m. (CFD) A Service of Scripture, song and testimonies of thanks from Belmont faculty, staff and students

JANUARY 17, 2007 - MLK:John Perkins MPAC (Massey Performing Arts Center), 6:00 p.m.is a sharecropper's son who grew up in Mississippi amidst dire poverty. Perkins fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother's murder at the hands of a town marshal. He vowed never to return. However, in 1960, after his conversion to Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with his people. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated imprisonment and beatings. Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Perkins received recognition for his work with seven honorary doctorates and has authored six books. He is an international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and the founder of the national Christian Community Development Association.

JANUARY 19, 2007 - MLK: Michael Emerson MPAC (Massey Performing Arts Center), 10:00 a.m.  Leading sociologist from Rice University is the co-author of Divided by Faith:  Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.  This sociological study shows that white Christians consider race to be an interpersonal problem to be solved by friendship, while black Christian understand it to be a systemic problem to be solved by ending injustice.

JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 1, 2007: EMERGE ‘07   (formerly Spiritual Emphasis Week).  University Ministries has created a week that will engage the entire Belmont campus in reflecting on how to live lives marked by disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.

FEBRUARY 7, 2007 – Blk Hist:Will D. Campbell Massey Boardroom (MBC 4th Flr), 10:00 a.m. among the few white Southerners campaigning for social justice in the civil rights era, was the only white member of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was the SCLC’s Nashville leader during the Civil Rights movement.  He is the author of such prize-winning books as Brother to a Dragonfly, Providence, and The Glad River. He has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Life, Esquire, and The Progressive. (CFD)

FEBRUARY 14, 2007:  The Relationship between Sexuality and Spirituality: Bunch Library Multimedia Hall  (2nd Flr),  10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Rev. Mike Glenn of Brentwood Baptist Church will be our featured speaker for a series of convocations and conversations.  Mike not only leads a church of 5,000 and serves as a trustee of Belmont University; he also speaks every Tuesday evening at Kairos, which draws 600 young adults each week who are willing to pause to think about life from God’s perspective. (CFD)

FEBRUARY 18, 2007: Belmont Day, Off-campus, Churches in middle Tennessee are invited to include preaching, music, dvd's, and bulletin inserts from Belmont as part of their services this week.  Coordinated by Dr. Fred Kendall.

FEBRUARY 21, 2007: Ash Wednesday Service - 10:00 a.m., Neely Dining Room, Rev. David LovellAn ecumenical service in conjunction with our Catholic campus minister for all faculty, staff and students to mark the beginning of Lent. (CFD)

MARCH 2007: Spring Break Mission Trips (these trips are being coordinated by University Ministries)

MARCH 14-16, 2007: Belmont Christian Community Development (Spring) Workshop:  Bunch Library Multimedia Hall (2nd Flr), 10:00 a.m. Massey Boardroom (MBC 4th Flr), 11:30 a.m.   Dr. Tony Campolo (Wednesday), our keynote speaker is Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries. Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters. He is an ordained minister, has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Rev. Carey Casey (Friday) Carey is listed in Who’s Who in Black America and is a past recipient of the Dallas NAACP Juanita Craft Award. He has been featured in many local and national publications, including The New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Tribune, Ebony, Christianity Today, ESPN.com and Leadership Magazine. For five years he served as co-pastor at Lawndale Community Church in North Lawndale, Ill. where he helped empower the community with health care, housing, education and economic growth. He also has served as a lecturer at the World Congress of Sports and the Senior Bowl and has spoken on life issues for numerous professional sports teams across America.

MARCH 12-14, 2007: Business Ethics, Dr. Tony Campolo SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE.

APRIL 20, 2007 : Bunch Library Multimedia Hall  (2nd Flr), Dr. Lamin Sanneh, born into a Muslim royal family in West Africa, before even meeting a Christian or seeing a Bible he became a follower of Jesus.  He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Cambridge University and was a professor at Harvard University before becoming a faculty member at Yale.  He is the author of many books on Islam and Christianity in Africa.  His most recent book is Abolitionists Abroad, which tell of the work of African-Americans to end the slave trade in Africa.

APRIL 30, 2007: MPAC (Massey Performing Arts Center), Sister Helen Prejean,joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957. She has been the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans, the Formation Director for her religious community, and has taught junior and senior high school students.

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison.

Upon Sonnier's request, Sister Helen repeatedly visited him as his spiritual advisor. In doing so, her eyes were opened to the Louisiana execution process. Sister Helen turned her experiences into a book that not only made the 1994 American Library Associates Notable Book List, it was also nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. It also was an international best seller and has been translated into ten different languages. In January 1996, the book was developed into a major motion picture.

MAY 11, 2007: Baccalaureate: A Service of Ordination to Daily Work, 2:00 p.m. BelmontHeights Baptist Church. This worship service for graduating seniors and their families will feature students from across the disciplines telling how God has called them to use what they have learned at Belmont in service to others.

MAY 2007: Summer Mission Trips.  Beginning in May, students will leave on general interest and discipline-specific trips, as well as on individual opportunities to show and tell the love of Christ over the summer.