HIGH POINT, N.C., March 12, 2013 – High Point University will host Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Margaret W. Harmon Professor of History and Systematic Theology, for this year’s Finch Lecture Series. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. on March 25 in Hayworth Chapel; the event is open to the public.
Charry, who will present the lecture “Positive Theology: Doctrine as a Guide for the Emotions,” currently serves as editor-at-large for “The Christian Century” and served on the theology committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church from 2002 through 2010. She is also a member of the recently concluded Pursuit of Happiness Project that was established by the Center of the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.
Charry earned both a Master of Arts and a doctorate in religion from Temple University. She also obtained a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College.
“Dr. Charry’s approach will help students appreciate the many ways in which religious identity is not only a matter of ideas and doctrines, but embodied ways of life,” says Dr. Christopher Franks, associate professor of religion at HPU.
The Finch Lectures at HPU began in 1960, with Dean Liston Pope of Yale Divinity School as lecturer, in an effort to foster dialogue and to deepen understanding regarding issues of importance to communities of faith. Since the inaugural event, a distinguished line of clergy, humanitarians and scholars has visited the HPU campus each year.