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Spring 2017 Chapel Speakers


Jan. 11 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Communion Service

We will begin the spring semester with a service of communion on the first day of classes. All are welcome to share in this celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Led by faculty, staff and trustees of Belmont University.

Jan. 18 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Dr. Marla Frederick: Race & Faith Post-Obama

Dr. Marla Frederick studied at Spelman, Duke and Princeton and is Professor of African and AfricanAmerican Studies and the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Exploring the history of AfricanAmerican Christianity in the U.S., her Chapel convocation challenges us to think about race and religion in the 2016 election.
Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee 

Jan. 19 | 5 p.m. | Chapel
MLK Week Keynote: There's More to Dr. King Than I Have a Dream

Rev. Dr. Chris Williamson will challenge the romanticized view of Dr. King comprised of a few iconic statements from his "I Have a Dream" speech. King also challenged white, religious moderates, opposed the war in Vietnam, and spent his final years on the massive problem of poverty. We will be personally challenged by a more holistic portrait of the man that God used to bring about significant change in American history.
Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

Jan. 20 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Even Dr. King Needs the King!

Rev. Dr. Chris Williamson is founder of the multiracial Strong Tower Bible Church. His most recent book is One But Not the Same: God’s Diverse Kingdom Come Through Race, Class, and Gender. Dr. Williamson will reflect on how Dr. King, amidst spiraling violence and 40 death threats daily, turned in deep despair to God, and how the King of Kings met him and will meet us, too.
Co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Christ as Mentor

Rev. Sheila Bates is the Director of Student Faith and Leadership Formation for the United Methodist Church, overseeing work on 1,300 campuses around the world through sharing the transformational nature of Christ so a new generation of Christians gain spiritual depth and a passion for God’s kingdom.
Co-sponsored by the Offices of Career & Professional Development and Growth & Purpose for Students

Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Cooking for Jesus

Brett Swayn came to the U.S. from Australia, became homeless, and by God’s grace became a top chef.  He founded a restaurant ministry, The Cookery, to show the homeless Christ’s redeeming grace while training them to become outstanding chefs.
Co-sponsored by the Offices of Career & Professional Development and Growth & Purpose for Students


Feb. 1 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Science and Faith

Dr. Bob Kaita is the Principal Research Physicist for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and served as President of the American Scientific Affiliation, the leading organization in the U.S. of Christians in the sciences.
Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics

Feb. 15 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Sex and the Soul: The Cross and the Gendercide

Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt is professor of theology and social ethics at Northeastern Seminary in New York. Her work focuses on helping the church to understand the need to speak out against gender-based violence and to resist patriarchal structures of oppression. Her latest book is The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls.
Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Feb. 22 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Faith-informed Healthcare

We will hear from members of the Belmont community who have served on healthcare mission teams in the U.S. and around the world, and learn how answering God’s call can be transformative for us, our academic work, and for those we are called to serve.
Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences & School of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy

Feb. 24 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Homecoming Chapel Featuring Belmont Young Alumni

We will hear in words and music from a variety of recent Belmont alumni who embody our motto:  From Here to Anywhere. 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations

Feb. 27 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Steven Curtis Chapman

Show Hope is a ministry to special-needs and other orphans in China that the Chapmans founded, and which hosts discipline-specific Belmont mission trips.   Steven has won five GRAMMY® awards, 58 Dove Awards, and sold over 11 million albums.  He tells the “poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest” story of his life in his brand new book, Between Heaven and the Real World.
Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business and the College of Health Sciences & School of Nursing


March 1 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Ash Wednesday

Bishop David Choby helps lead this ecumenical service to mark the beginning of Lent, the 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter.

March 13 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
The African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir raises awareness of the needs of destitute and orphaned children, and raises funds to support ministries that help thousands of children in seven countries. They have performed everywhere from American Idol to Westminster Abbey. 
Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts

March 15 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Krispy Kreme Donuts: Faith in Business

Jim Morgan is the Chairman of the Board of Krispy Kreme Donuts, and formerly served as CEO. Krispy Kreme has over 1,000 locations in the U.S. and over 500 around the world.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Innovative Faith-Based Leadership, the College of Theology and Christian Ministry, the Center for Healthy Churches, and the Massey College of Business

March 22 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Loving Immigrants

Jenny Yang is the Vice President for Advocacy and Policy at World Relief, working on refugee protection and immigration issues and resettlement programs.  She co-authored Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate.
Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration and University Counsel

March 29 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
African/Christian/Prophetic Art

Professor Margaret Allotey-Pappoe was raised in Ghana, received her MFA, and was one of ten North American and ten African artists selected by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity to create art together in post-colonial South Africa. The resulting exhibition Between the Shadow & the Light is on display in the Leu Art Gallery from March 20 to May 5.  Prof. Allotey-Pappoe chairs the Graphic Design Department at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.
Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts

March 31 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander: Navigating Faith and Career

Megan Alexander can be seen every evening on INSIDE EDITION.  She covered Thursday Night Football™ on CBS and has acted in several movies and on the hit series “Nashville.” Her new book is Faith in the Spotlight – Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs.
Co-sponsored by the Offices of Career & Professional Development and Growth & Purpose for Students


April 5 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Entrepreneurship as Ministry

Peter Greer became President of HOPE International, a global Christian microenterprise development organization, following a career in microfinance in Africa and Asia.  He is the author of eight books, including Stop Helping Us! Moving Beyond Charity to Job Creation and The Poor Will Be Glad. He has an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Messiah College.
Co-sponsored by the Massey College of Business

April 19 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Forgiving Child Murder: Amish Grace

Dr. David Weaver-Zercher earned his Ph.D. in American Religious History at UNC Chapel Hill, teaches at Messiah College, and is the author of Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, which looks at the Amish response to the murder of five little girls that attracted worldwide attention, and led to the writing of the play The Amish Project, which will be staged April 7 to 23.
Co-sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts

April 21 | 10 a.m. | Chapel
Earth Day: Green Revolution

Rev. Ben Lowe was born and raised in Southeast Asia, where he experienced the impacts of poverty and pollution. His academic work in Environmental Biology and Interdisciplinary Ecology have led him to become Senior Advisor of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. He is the author of three books: Green Revolution, Doing Good Without Giving Up, and The Future of Our Faith.