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jars of clay
Jars of Clay: Blood: Water Mission
Jan. 8 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Jars of Clay is a multi-platinum, Grammy and Dove Award-winning band and the founder of Blood:Water Mission. They now partner with Belmont’s Living a Better Story project, allowing us be part of their work with leaders in 1,300 communities in 11 African countries providing life-saving water and HIV/AIDs-focused health care for over 800,000 people. *Co-sponsored by the Office of Growth & Purpose for Students and the College of Health Sciences


Career and Calling Week
Jan. 13-17
"The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done…Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." - Frederick Buechner

martin luther king jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Week:
Postracial? The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century
Jan. 22-29
*Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

j kameron carter
J. Kameron Carter: Postracial Blues: Religion and the Color Line
Jan. 22 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dr. Carter teaches Black Church Studies and Theology at Duke University, with a focus on the impact of Christian thinking and living on society. He is the author of Race: A Theological Account.
renita weems
Renita Weems: Faith, Racial Reconciliation and the Color Line

Jan. 24 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dr. Weems is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a former faculty member at Vanderbilt University and Spelman College, and has been celebrated by Ebony magazine as one of America’s top 15 preachers. She now serves as Provost of American Baptist College.
barbara williams skinner

Barbara Williams-Skinner: Leadership and the Color Line

Jan. 29 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.  
Dr. Skinner is the former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, the organization of African American members of Congress, and is president of the Skinner Leadership Institute. She has served as chair of the board of both the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Social Action. She earned graduate degrees in Social Work and Law from UCLA.
dean hill and marcus hill
Dwan Hill and Marcus Hill: Created for Creativity
Homecoming Chapel
Feb. 5 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dwan and Marcus Hill are brothers and alumni of the Belmont School of Music who have recorded with major artists including alumna Melinda Doolittle, trustee CeCe Winans and faculty member Chester Thompson. From the Thunder Bay Canada Blues Festival to leading worship to running their own recording studio, they have used their Belmont education to make a difference for God in the world. *Co-sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts
bret lott
Bret Lott: Faith and Writing
Feb.12 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Bret Lott is a New York Times bestselling author of 13 books, including the Oprah Book Club selection, Jewel. He has served as editor of The Southern Review, Fulbright Writer-in-Residence at Bar-Illan University in Israel, and as Professor and Writer-in-Residence at the College of Charleston. *Co-sponsored by the School of Religion and the College of Arts & Sciences English Dept.
mark charles
Mark Charles
Feb. 14 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Mark Charles is a Native American leader who lives at Fort Defiance, Ariz., located on the Navajo Reservation. He seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and biblical reconciliation for the nation. *Co-sponsored by the School of Religion 



Sex and the Soul Week
Feb. 17-21
A week of Chapel services and convocations focusing on relationships from a Christian perspective 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

bobby gruenewald
Bobby Gruenewald: The Bible App
Feb. 26 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Bobby Gruenewald’s creation of tech companies and work with start-ups and venture capital firms led Fast Company to name him one of the Top 100 Creative People in Business. As part of his leadership of LifeChuch.tv, he is the driving force behind YouVersion, the Bible app with over 100 million downloads. *Co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration Center for Business Ethics

 

william paul young
William Paul Young: The Shack
March 10 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
William Paul Young’s novel The Shack went from 15 self-published copies to being a New York Times #1 bestseller and then spent over three years on the bestseller list. It has sold more than 18 million copies in 39 languages and is soon to become a major motion picture.

ashley cleveland
Ashley Cleveland: Little Black Sheep

March 12 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Ashley Cleveland’s music has already garnered her three Grammy Awards and two Dove Awards. The story behind the story is told in her newly published memoir, Little Black Sheep: "If there was trouble, near or far, she found it. Yet, in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful." *Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

scot mcknight
Scot McKnight: The Real Jesus
March 24 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Professor McKnight has written a dozen books and writes a popular blog, Jesus Creed, which have made him one of the most sought-after authorities on the historical Jesus. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham and now teaches at Northwestern Seminary. *Sponsored by the School of Religion
montell jordan
Montell Jordan: Singing for God
March 31 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Montell Jordan began life as part of a solid family in one of the toughest neighborhoods in America, South Central L.A. He debuted in the Billboard Top 10, and went on through six albums to establish himself as an R&B artist. Today, he leads worship at a multi-ethnic church with members from over 100 nations. His latest album is Shake Heaven, a top-three Billboard Gospel album. *Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
dana gioia
Dana Gioia: The Christian Intellectual
April 2 | MPAC| 10 a.m. 
Dana Gioia has served as both Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a V.P. for General Foods. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard. He is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California and is a noted poet, essayist and a recipient of the American Book Award. *Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
francis su
Francis Su: Grace in Learning and Teaching
April 7 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Francis Su is President of the Mathematical Association of America and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has published over two dozen papers, half of which are co-authored with undergraduates. He is recipient of the 2013 MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching and his Math Fun Facts website receives a million hits each year. He is a leader in the American Scientific Affiliation, the largest organization of Christians in the sciences. *Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the American Scientific Affiliation

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corbin bernsen
Corbin Bernsen: Faith and Film             
April 9 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.


Corbin Bernsen is an actor, director and producer who has starred in the TV shows L.A. Law, JAG and Psych, as well as in TV movies like "An American Affair" and serials such as "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," and in over a dozen movies, including Major League. He has both a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA, and is president of Home Theater Films, which produces "smart family entertainment," full-length movies like "Rust" that inspire families with new ways to approach life and strengthen community. *Co-sponsored by the Motion Picture Program

melissa rogers
Melissa Rogers: Faith and Politics

Melissa Rogers, a lawyer who specializes in religion’s role in public life, leads the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. She was the founder and director of Wake Forest University’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs and the executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court. *Co-sponsored by the Office of Administration & University Counsel and the College of Law



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