Fall 2009 Spiritual Development Speakers
Belmont's faculty, administration, and staff uphold Jesus as the Christ and as the measure for all things. Belmont University's Board of Trustees is unanimously committed to broadening and deepening the Christian mission of the university. Our hope is that every student will see and believe that the love of Jesus Christ compels us to lead lives of disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.
Sept. 2 CeCe Winans: Living a Pure Life - 10 a.m. - MPAC (Massey Performing Arts Center)
CeCe Winans has helped define the world of gospel music. Among Cece's numerous honors as a performer are 7 Grammy and19 Dove Awards. She has appeared in countless broadcasts and live performances around the world.
Co-sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
Sept. 14 EMERGE - Tony Campolo: Jesus, the Original Radical - 10 a.m. - MASSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (MPAC)
Whether as a guest on the Colbert Report, author of over 35 books or a sociology professor in the Ivy League, Dr. Campolo speaks with humor and authenticity about our call to incarnate Jesus' love.
Sept. 16 EMERGE -Nekeisha Alexis-Baker: To Live Radically - 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Nekeisha Alexis-Baker is a native of Trinidad with a degree in Africana Studies from NYU and a master's in theology from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Her work includes creation care, racism, and the intersection of politics and Christian faith.
Sept. 30 Joshua DuBois, Director, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- 10 a.m. - MPAC (Massey Performing Arts Center)
Joshua DuBois is a Pentecostal minister with a B.A. in political science from Boston University and an M.A. in public affairs from Princeton. He works with organizations to galvanize their communities by providing social services, encouraging responsible fatherhood, and reducing the need for abortion.
Oct. 7 Sex & the Soul with Byron Weathersbee -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Dr. Byron Weathersbee is co-founder of Legacy Family Ministries and co-author of Before Forever: How Do You Know That You Know? which looks at the current relationship scene in light of God's design for sexuality and marriage.
Oct. 14 National Wildlife Federation President & CEO Larry Schweiger -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Larry Schweiger is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, the U.S.'s largest conservation organization. His newly released book is Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth.
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences
Oct. 21 Afrizo Choir: Praising the Creator -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
This Kenyan Choir is comprised of students from Daystar University, one of the largest Christian universities in Africa and a leader in environmental sustainability.
Co-sponsored by the Communication Studies Department
Nov. 4 Lakota AuthorRichard Twiss: The Creator Came to Earth -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Richard is the founder of Wiconi International, which proclaims that the Creator came to earth as a human being from the tribe of Judah to bring all creation back into harmony. His book, One Church, Many Tribes, shows how First Nations Christ-followers can open us to new ways of living with nature and one another.
Co-sponsored by the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences
Nov. 11 Faith-Informed Environmental Science -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Drs. Darlene Panvini, John Niedzwiecki and Steve Murphree talk about how their faith informs their life and work in the field of environmental studies. This is part of the ongoing series of convocations in which Belmont deans and faculty talk about how our common confession that Jesus Christ is Lord affects our life and work.
Co-sponsored by the School of Sciences
Nov. 18 Nancy Sleeth, author of Go Green, Save Green: Simple Ways to Save Time, Money, and God's Green Earth -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Nancy Sleeth and her family reduced their electricity usage by 9/10ths and their fossil fuel use by 2/3rds, and now speak across the country on how we can better care for God's creation. Her husband Matthew is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet and their daughter Emma is author of It's Easy Being Green.
Dec. 2 Exonerated Death-Row Inmate Ray Krone & Rev. Stacey Rector -- 10 a.m. - Neely Hall
Ray Krone was the 100th death row inmate exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, which is only available in about 15% of cases. He says, "I would not trust the state to execute a person, because if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone." Rev. Stacey Rector is a leader in The Moratorium Campaign and directs anti-death penalty efforts in Tennessee.