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Fall 2010 Speakers

Belmont is the largest ecumenical Christian university in America. Our faculty, administration, and staff uphold Jesus as the Christ and as the measure for all things. Belmont’s Vision 2015 commits us to providing “increasing evidence of the Christian character of the university…in academic coursework and student activities… [and] in collaboration between Belmont and outside Christian organizations.” The speakers we bring in help us fulfill our mission as a Christian community of learning and service that helps students engage and transform the world.


Donald Miller
Donald Miller, Living a Better Story
Wednesday, Sept. 1
10 a.m. Massey Performing Arts Center

The New York Times best seller Blue Like Jazz was written by Donald Miller, whose latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, has inspired Living a Better Story. It’s a movement born of his reflections on beauty, meaning and the human struggle to allow God to enable us to live a better story than we’ve been living. You’ll be given a chance to take part in a 21-day adventure in listening and responding to God that will allow you to multiply God’s money and use it to make a difference in the lives of others.

[Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences]


Brian McLaren
Brian McLaren: EMERGE
Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 13-15
Neely Hall
Monday 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Monday 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Brian served as an English professor and then pastor for almost three decades, during which time he began to work with Christians across the country to rethink church life. He became the leading voice of the post-modern “emerging church” movement thanks to his worldwide speaking engagements and 17 books, which include A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, Everything Must Change, and the just-released A New Kind of Christianity. Come learn how so many have moved from dead religion to a living relationship with God.


Bob Fisher
Bob Fisher and Donald Miller:
Belmont Students Share about LIving a Better Story

Wednesday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. Neely Hall

President Bob Fisher will be with us as Donald Miller joins us by Skype to hear from Belmont students who have spent the past 21 days listening and responding to God about Living a Better Story. This will be a chance to share the ways in which we have served others by multiplying and using God’s money. You can read some of these stories by going to .


Kelly Monroe Kullberg
Kelly Monroe Kullberg:
Finding God at Harvard

Wednesday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Kelly is the founder of The Veritas Forum, which has emerged at over 100 universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It enables Christian academics to engage their secular colleagues around issues of truth, beauty and meaning. She is the author of the best-selling Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians and Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. [Co-sponsored by the Teaching Center]


Chris Heuertz
Chris Heuertz: Living the Incarnation
Monday, Oct. 4
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Chris is the International Executive Director of Word Made Flesh and has worked in 70 countries with the most vulnerable of the world’s poor:  refugees, children with AIDS, prostituted girls, recovering drug addicts, and children on the streets. He is the author of Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World.

Wayne Bernard
Wayne Barnard: International Justice Mission
Tuesday, Oct. 5
7 p.m. Belmont Heights Baptist Church

Wayne serves as Director of Student Ministries for International Justice Mission. IJM is a Christian human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to help in victim rescue, prosecution of perpetrators and improving judicial systems.  [*Co-sponsored by the Belmont College of Law]


Kent Annan
Kent Annan: Haitian Love and Justice
Wednesday, Oct. 6
10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Neely Hall

Kent is co-director of Haiti Partners and has worked in Haiti since 2003. His book, Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle, tells the story of his move to Haiti and weaves together the joys and stumbles of living and ministering in a Third World environment with reflections about faith, doubt, love and God.

Makoto Fujimura
Makoto Fujimura: Outsider Art
Thursday, Oct. 7
7 p.m. Curb Event Center

Fujimura’s paintings are exhibited in galleries around the world, from the The National Modern Museum of Art in Tokyo to the St. Louis Art Museum. In 1990 he founded the New York-based International Arts Movement and has lectured at Yale, Princeton and the Aspen Institute. His  latest book is Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture.  [Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and First Year Seminar]


Andrea McDaniel
Andrea McDaniel: Forgiving Genocide
Thursday, Oct. 7
7 p.m. Neely Hall

Andrea Worked at the state department and at the White House before helping found As We Forgive, an organization in Rwanda as well as the title of recently released book and movie. These endeavors draw upon Christian understandings of sin and forgiveness to promote reconciliation in a country where 800,000 were slain by fellow Rwandan over the course of 100 days.

Siouxsan and Charles Robinson
Siouxsan and Charles Robinson
Monday, Oct. 11
10 a.m. Neely Hall

The Robinsons are the co-founders of Red Road Ministries. They are Native American Christians who are charting a new way for American Indian people to meld traditional religious understandings and practices with the reality they have encountered in Jesus Christ.
[Co-sponsored by the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing]

Bill Birdsong
Bill Birdsong Miller: Faith and the Arts from a Native-Christian Perspective
Wednesday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Bill, whose Mohican Indian name is Birdsong, is a three-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, six-time Native American Music Award winner, and an accomplished painter whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. [Co-sponsored by the Teaching Center and the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing]


Faith-Informed Academics

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

College of Law Dean Jeff Kinsler and enrollment Dean David Mee
Wednesday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. Bunch Library - Multimedia Hall

Join us as we hear from our newest deans and about how faith informs their life and work at Belmont.


Kathy Mattea
Kathy Mattea: My Coal Journey
Wednesday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Kathy is a multiple Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter who comes from a West Virginia mining family. She has had a dozen top-ten singles. Her latest album, COAL, is a critically acclaimed expression of her faith-fueled social activism, which has also led her to become the celebrity spokesperson for LEAF, a Christian fellowship for environmental action.  [Co-sponsored by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business]

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Frank Boehm, M.D. and Thomas Boehm, M. Div.: Jewish and Christian
Monday, Nov. 8
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Join us as we hear from Dr. Frank H. Boehm, M.D. a professor and departmental vice-chair at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a leader in the Jewish community, and his son Thomas L. Boehm, M.Div., executive director of Faith for All, who says, “I am a Jew who believes that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah.”  They will share the hard-won lessons of how they have learned to love each other despite their differences in beliefs.


Floyd Flake
Floyd Flake: Christian Community Development
Wednesday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Rev. Flake served six terms in Congress, as president of Wilberforce University, and pastors the largest church in New York State. The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral operates a 30,000 square feet multi-service center, has an extensive business development program, and has rehabbed housing to serve hundreds of the homeless and elderly in their community.  [Sponsored by the Social Entrepreneurship Program]

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Rabbi Mark Schiftan
Rabbi Mark Schiftan
Wednesday, Nov. 17
10 a.m. Neely Hall

Rabbi Mark Schiftan of The Temple  Congregation Ohabai Sholom graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University and received his M.A. from Hebrew Union College. He leads the largest of the five Jewish congregations in Nashville and has a broad perspective on the ways in which Jewish life and thought can inform our call to faithfulness to God, our vocation and our neighbor.

David Lyle Jeffrey
David Lyle Jeffrey
Friday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. Vince Gill Room

David Lyle Jeffrey, a Princeton Ph.D., is distinguished professor of literature
and humanities at Baylor Univerisity, professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Ottawa, guest professor at Peking University and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has written or edited a dozen major works including People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature and The Bible and the University. [Co-sponsored by the provost's office, first year seminar and the religious arts program]

Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne: Another World is Possible
Monday, Nov. 22
10 a.m. Belmont Heights Baptist Church

Shane helps unveil the tragic mess we've made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. He has worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, served at a wealthy Chicago mega-church and worked in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. Shane helped found The Simple Way, a faith-community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical Christian communities around the world. He is the author of several books including The Irresistible Revolution and Becoming the Answer to our Prayers.