For immediate release
Feb. 12, 2003
Christians from around the nation will find Bible study, spiritual renewal and perhaps even artistic inspiration at Abilene Christian University's Lectureship 2003, focusing on "Welcoming the Reign of God" and featuring "Art and Faith," a series of classes, discussions and performances in the new Williams Performing Arts Center.
The "Art and Faith" series will include lectures and demonstrations by sculptors, architects, actors and musicians
"We are excited this year to be able to have some classes in the new Williams Performing Arts Center," said Dr. Mark Love, director of ministry events. "The completion of this building has also caused us to reflect on the relationship between art and spirituality. We hope this will be the beginning of a Lectureship tradition."
Painter, sculptor and illustrator John Collier, one of the few professional artists in America specializing in art for churches, will present and discuss his work at a reception Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and at a luncheon Feb. 25 at 12:15 p.m., both in the Shore Art Gallery.
Jack Maxwell, professor and chair in the Department of Art, will talk about the creative process as he works on his "Jacob's Ladder" sculpture, which will be displayed in front of the Williams Performing Arts Center.
Jeff Berryman, actor, novelist and worship minister, will share his perspectives on theology and art on Feb. 24-26 at 9:45 a.m. in Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center.
One of the highlights of the "Art and Faith" series will be a special Lectureship performance of Tim Slover's play "Joyful Noise" Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in Fulks Theatre.
Theme speeches and other classes at Lectureship 2003 will recall Jesus' prayer in Matt. 6:10.
"No revolutionary slogan carries more possibility for dramatic world change than the church's prayer, 'your kingdom come, your will be done, one earth as it is in heaven...'" Love said. "Were the implications of this prayer to seize our hearts and capture our imaginations, our churches and communities would never be the same. This prayer does nothing less than evoke the reign of God."
Keynote speakers will speak on that topic in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 24-26. Keynote speakers are Dan Bouchelle of Amarillo; Steve Weathers, assistant professor of English at ACU; Jerry Rushford of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.; Jeff Christian of Tyler; Tony Roach of Abilene; Chris Seidman of Farmers Branch; and Lynn Anderson of San Antonio.
In addition, several classes will explore the topic "Gospel and Culture," including a coffee house each night following the main lecture. Specific topics to be addressed at the coffee house sessions are film and faith, contemporary music and faith, and literature and faith.
For the second year, the Lectureship Tent will be available for fellowship and refreshment. Originally appearing at Lectureship in 1953, the tent served for many decades as the site of exhibits, booths and fellowship. With the addition of the Biblical Studies Building, such activities moved indoors to the Hall of Servants. The tent was revived last year as a place of fellowship and refreshment. Coffee, pies and other snacks will be served by Women for ACU.
A special forum will address the topic "Evangelicals and Churches of Christ" with Richard Hughes, John Mark Hicks, Rhonda Lowry, Mark Henderson and daily special guests Monday through Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.
A workshop designed for preachers and led by David Fleer will go behind the scenes in the sermons of three Lectureship presenters, offering insight into their preaching.
Full details, schedule and registration information about ACU's Lectureship 2003 are available on the Web at http://www.acu.edu/events/lectureship.html.
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