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Events Spring 2010

Spring 2010 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.


Fred Gray

Fred Gray was the attorney for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the victims of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. He is a
minister of the gospel whose faith leads him to use his legal expertise
to fight injustice.

[Jan. 20 | Massey Performing Arts Center | 10 a.m.]

Co-sponsored by the Belmont College of Law and the Belmont Center for
Community Health and Health Equity

Sex & the Soul Week - January 25 & 27

“Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it: the old Christian rule is, `Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.’ Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong. One or the other. Of course, being a Christian, I think it is the instinct which has gone wrong.” -C.S. Lewis

Anne Jackson
Anne Jackson is an advocate for Compassion International and Blood: Water Mission. Her writings include Mad Church Disease - Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic and Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace. In June 2010 she will set out on a cross-country cycling tour to raise awareness and funding for water wells in Africa.

[Jan. 25 | Neely Dining Hall | 10 a.m.]

Mike Foster

Mike Foster
is the founder of XXX Church, which is "the Internet's No. 1 Christian porn site." He has helped bring healing and freedom from pornography addiction and sexual sin for people around the world. Mike has appeared on CNN and "Good Morning America." He has also been featured in the New York Times.

[Jan. 27 | Neely Dining Hall | 10 a.m.]


Belmont Supports Haiti

Trey Flowers, who was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before, during and after the earthquake, working in orphanages and schools as part of a mission team, is receiving his Master of Public Policy and Master of Divinity degrees. Flowers will share with us not only his first-hand accounts of the disaster, but also help us think about where God is in all of this, and how we can help rebuild Haiti so that it is not doomed to another century of poverty.
[Feb. 3 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]

Siouxsan and Charles Robinson

Siouxsan & Charles Robinson
speak and dance to show the beauty of Native American culture, as well as teach about the depredations visited upon the Lakota and other Native peoples over the centuries. They are First Nations Christ-followers who are charting a new way for Native people to meet 21st century challenges.
[Feb. 8 | LCVA 117 | 10 a.m.]
Co-sponsored by the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences
and Nursing

Joseph Walker

Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church is pastor to
thousands of college students among the church’s 17,000
members, and author of Love & Intimacy and Before
You Say I Do
.  He has a master’s degree from Vanderbilt and
a doctorate from Princeton Seminary.

[Feb. 10 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]

Stephen Mansfield
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest book, The Search for God and Guinness, tells the 250-year story of a business where Christian conviction led to industrial and social reform on an international scale.

[Feb. 15 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]
Co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration Center for
Business Ethics


Join Bishop David Choby and Rev. Todd Lake as the Belmont community marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent.

[Feb. 17 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]

Bob and Judy Fisher

Belmont President Bob Fisher and his wife Judy share what they have learned from interviewing over 100 people who were soon to die about what really matters in life. What do the dying have to say to those who are young, healthy, and thriving? Their book, Life is a Gift, distills this hard-won wisdom into practical lessons for how we can live lives of faith, hope and love today.

[Feb. 24 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]


Matthew Sleeth

Matthew Sleeth, M.D., is executive director of Blessed Earth and the author of Serve God , Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, the introduction to The Green Bible, and The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book. Together with his wife and two teenage children, they cut their fossil fuel use by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths.

[March 3 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]

Mary Poplin
Mary Poplin has served as the dean of the Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies and as director of the teacher education program. She works on the application of the intellectual principles of the Judeo-Christian worldview to education, particularly among the poor. Her life-changing work with Mother Teresa led to her authoring Finding Calcutta.
[March 17 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Teaching Center

Ron Hansen
Ron Hansen is an award-winning novelist whose books include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (now a movie starring Brad Pitt), Mariette in Ecstasy, Hitler’s Niece and Exiles. He is  Professor in the Arts & Humanities at Santa Clara University, a deacon in the Catholic Church and a fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
[March 24 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]
Co-sponsored by the Department of English

Vince Gill and Amy Grant
Amy Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and won six Grammys plus numerous Dove Awards, earned 3 multi-platinum albums, 6 platinum albums and 4 gold albums, and had 17 Top-40 hit songs as well as a string of Contemporary Christian hits. Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has received 19 Grammys.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
[April 5 | Massey Performing Arts Center | 10 a.m.]
Co-sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

Faith-informed Academics
An ongoing series of convocations on how our common confession that Jesus Christ is Lord affects our life and work.

[April 14 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]
Faith-informed honors program with Dr. Devon Boan, director, and professors Jonathan Thorndike and Joseph Byrne.

[April 21 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.]
Faith-informed mathematics with doctors Mike Pinter, Glenn Acree and Bill Hooper.

George Marsden
The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship with George Marsden, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches American religious and intellectual history and related subjects. He is the author of 13 books and the recipient of the Bancroft Prize for Distinguished Books in American History.

[April 30 | Neely Dining Hall | 10 a.m.]

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences