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Events Spring 2011


Soong Chan-RahSoong Chan-Rah, Friday, Jan. 21
10 a.m. Massey Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
Harvard and Columbia-educated expert on multi-racial churches and author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western
Cultural Captivity. He was the founding pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship, a multi-ethnic, ministry-focused church and teaches at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, speaker sponsored by the MLK, Jr. Commemorative Committee Contact: Andy Watts

Sex and the Soul Week: Jan. 24-28
“Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the 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
Contact: Rebecca Giles

Andrew Marin
Andrew Marin: Love is an Orientation, Jan. 24 and 25

Neely Hall, Monday  at 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m & Tuesday 5:30 p.m.
President and founder of The Marin Foundation, a nonprofit organization
that builds bridges between the LGBT community and religious
communities. He and his wife Brenda live in ‘Boystown,’ the historically
gay neighborhood of Chicago. He is the author of the award-winning book, Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community.

David McCarthy
Wednesday, Jan. 26
David McCarthy: Sex and Love in the Home
Neely Hall 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m
The Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg,
Maryland, he writes about marriage from the perspective of social ethics and in terms of social justice. He is the author of Sex & Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household.

  Christine Colon
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27 and 28
Dr. Christine Colon: Sexual Freedom: A Christian Feminist Perspective
Neely Hall Thursday 7:30 p.m & Friday at 10 a.m.
Dr. Colon received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Davis with an emphasis on feminist theory and research. In her latest book, Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church, she explores a deep understanding of celibacy that acknowledges the real struggles of singles and draws on the insights of theology, history and literature to re-imagine singleness.


Walt WilsonWednesday, Feb. 2
Walt Wilson: From the First Apple to Global Media Outreach
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Wilson was a start-up executive with Apple Computer, serving as managing director of U.S. operations as it grew from infancy to a multi-billion dollar company. He also served as senior vice president of Computer Sciences Corp., a $16 billion, U.S. global corporation with over 100,000 employees. He is founder and chairman of Global Media Outreach, a multi-lingual internet evangelism ministry that has reached over 12 million people with the gospel and connects them to local churches and to online resources for spiritual growth. Co-Sponsored by the College of Business Administration Center for Business Ethics and Center for Entrepreneurship Contact: Harold Fogelberg

Grete Gwyzwana
Friday, Feb. 4

Grete Gwyzwana: Worshipping God with Our Bodies
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Grete is the founder of Epiphany Dance Company. She has performed and taught in San Francisco, New York and Chicago, and served as director and faculty member at Nashville Ballet, as well as program coordinator for Fuller Seminary’s Theology and Art program in Orvieto, Italy. Currently, she is research coordinator with the Henry R. Luce Foundation Sacred Imagery Project. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance

Wednesday, Feb. 9
CeCe Winans and Alvin Love: Love Outreach
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
CeCe Winans has helped define the world of gospel music, and her husband Alvin Love has been her partner in the journey every step of
the way. Among CeCe’s numerous honors as a performer are eight Grammy and 21 Dove Awards. She has numerous gold and platinum albums, and has appeared in broadcasts and live performances around the world. Alvin and CeCe know firsthand that the music business presents great opportunities to serve God, but also great temptations. They will focus on how God’s love can transform all of our relationships.

Jeremy Begbie
Monday, Feb. 14
Dr. Jeremy Begbie: Art for God's Sake
Harton Recital Hall 10 a.m.
Dr. Begbie has served as a professor at both Cambridge University and Duke University and as Associate Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His books include Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts and Sounding the Depths: Theology Through the Arts. Sponsored by the Religion & the Arts Program Contact: Steve Guthrie

Tommy Rhodes
Wednesday, Feb. 16

Tommy Rhodes: Building God's Community
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
The founding director of America’s only intentionally interracial, multi-socio-economic camp, Tommy has created a unique opportunity for children to experience God’s vision for our world. He was one of Belmont’s most brilliant graduates, but left a promising career in the sciences, sold everything he had—including his baseball card collection—and let God use him to create the Barefoot Republic Camp.

Frederica Mathewes-Green
Friday, Feb. 25
Frederica Mathewes-Green: The Christianity Nobody Knows
Bunch Multimedia Hall 10 a.m.
She has published nine books, including Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation, to introduce readers to Eastern Orthodoxy. She has appeared on National Public, in multiple editions of Best Spiritual Writing, and has written over 700 articles for publications like The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian Magazine, as well as for the multi-faith webzine


James K.A. Smith
Friday, March 18

Dr. James K.A. Smith: Worship, Worldview
& Cultural Formation
Vince Gill Room 10 a.m.
Executive Director of the Society of Christian Philosophers and author of 11 books, including The Devil Reads Derrida: and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts and Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. He received his M.Phil. from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, his Ph.D. from Villanova University, and is an associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College. Sponsored by the School of Religion and Co-sponsored by the Teaching Center Contact: Steve Guthrie

Ana Aspras-Steele Kumar Swami

Wednesday, March 30
Dr. Ana Aspras Steele and Kumar Swami:
Make Slavery History
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Dr. Steele is Executive director of the Dalit Freedom Network USA, and Mr. Swami is executive director of the South Indian DFN. Their mission is to seek justice and empower the 250 million Dalits living at the bottom of Indian society. DFN has helped launch 100 schools, nine medical clinics and a nurses’ training school and hospital; created over 1,700 Self-Help Micro-Finance Groups, and spearheaded legislation recognizing the plight of the untouchables in the Hindu caste system.


Bob Goff
Wednesday, April 6

Bob Goff: Justice for Children
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Bob is founder and CEO of Restore International, which address atrocities and injustices committed against children. With a passion for finding ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor, Restore makes a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, teaches law at Pepperdine University.Co-sponsored by the Belmont College of Law

Betty Wiseman
Monday, April 11
Betty Wiseman: Sports Evangelism on
Four Continents
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
For five decades, Betty Wiseman has been a leader at Belmont as a student, coach, professor, and athletics director. In 1968 the former high school basketball standout began a new career as a women’s sports trailblazer when she founded the women’s basketball program at Belmont, one of the first in the Southeast. This led to her election as the only Belmont member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The subtitle of her new book tells what motivated her to lead mission trips with Belmont student-athletes for 17 years: A Coach’s Passion for the Great Commission. Co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics

Christian WimanWednesday, April 13
Christian Wiman: Poetry and God
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Editor of the oldest and most prestigious American magazine of verse, Poetry, Wiman’s award-winning books of prose and poetry include The Long Home and Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet, which deals with a wide range of subjects: reading Paradise Lost in Guatemala, traveling in Africa with an eccentric father, and essays on poets and poetry’s place in our lives. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. His new book is Every Riven Thing: Poems. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences & the English Department

Julius ScruggsWednesday, April 20
Rev. Dr. Julius Scruggs: Serving the World in Solidarity with the Savior
Neely Hall 10 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Scruggs serves as president of the 7.5-million member National Baptist Convention U.S.A., the country’s oldest and largest predominantly African-American denomination. Following a pastorate in Chicago, he
was called to First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, where he has served since 1977. He is the author of four books, including Baptist Preachers with Social Consciousness and How to Study and Teach the Bible. He recently oversaw the National Baptist Convention’s construction of 1,000 homes in Haiti.