HIGH POINT, N.C., March 8, 2019 – Community members will have the chance to explore a variety of faith-based topics with High Point University faculty as part of a new lecture series.
The Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Religion and Philosophy, is a partnership with local churches and clergy organizations. Faculty members from the department will share their studies and expose participants to the same biblical, theological and philosophical scholarship HPU students encounter in their classes.
“The Faculty Lecture Series is a way of connecting our faculty with churches and clergy in the community,” says the Rev. Dr. Al Ward, clergy in residence at HPU. “We want to share with them the scholarship that informs the life and faith of our students in the hopes that it will enrich their mission and ministry in this community.”
The series will kick off with a four-week Lenten focus titled “The Passion of Jesus,” hosted by four Triad churches. These lectures will be based upon the Gospel passages about Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection found in the New Testament. The lectures are scheduled to last about an hour and are open to the public.
- On March 19 at 7 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser will lecture on “The Passion Through Film” at Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church, 4834 Pleasant Garden Road, Pleasant Garden. Blosser is an associate professor of religion and philosophy and the Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning at HPU.
- On March 26 at 7 p.m., Dr. Kale Yu will lecture on “Temple Sacrifices, Passover and Crucifixion: The New Covenant” at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 5721 Methodist Road, Greensboro. Yu is an instructor of religion at HPU.
- On April 2 at 7 p.m., Dr. Robert Moses will lecture on “The Lamb of God” at Grays Chapel United Methodist Church, 5056 Hwy 22 N., Franklinville. Moses is an assistant professor of religion at HPU.
- On April 9 at 7 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Chris Franks will lecture on “Themes of Jesus’ Death” at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 6103 Appomattox Road, Climax. Franks is the Owen D. and Mattie Holt McPherson associate professor of religion and philosophy at HPU.
For information about “The Passion of Jesus” lectures, contact Dr. Mark Weekley at 336-674-5711.
Moses will give an additional lecture on “The Crucified Messiah” at 7 p.m. on April 19 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 303 Eastchester Drive, High Point. For additional information, contact the Rev. Jerry Lasley at 336-869-5311.
“I’m excited to explore the ways we understand the passion of Jesus Christ with churches in our area,” says Blosser, who will give the first lecture of the series. “As a United Methodist university, it’s vital that we engage local congregations. It’s a great opportunity for us to share the kind of education we do at HPU and to help congregations see the many ways that HPU students are engaged in the study of religion and ministry today.”
The Faculty Lecture Series will be ongoing as additional lectures are scheduled. For information on scheduling a lecture, contact the Rev. Dr. Al Ward, HPU clergy in residence, at 336-841-9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.