Richards to Present 32nd Annual Newell Lectures

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The Anderson University School of Theology and the Center for Christian Leadership will welcome Dr. Kent Harold Richards on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, for the 32nd Annual Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies. Richards will present lectures focused on “The Role of the Bible in Our Technological Era.”

Richards is the former executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) located at Emory University, where he is also professor of Old Testament. He has been active in a number of organizations concerned with biblical studies and has authored or edited more than a dozen books. In addition he has contributed leadership to the legal branches of government by appointment of the Supreme Court of Colorado to the Vision 2020. Richards was also professor of Old Testament at Iliff School of Theology (Denver, Colo.). He is an ordained United Methodist minister.

Richards will present three lectures and a Q & A session in the Adam W. Miller Chapel:

■General Lecture (9 – 10:15 a.m.): “Biblical Authority in the Wiki Age”
■Scholarly Lecture #1 (10:30 – 11:45 a.m.): “Living the Questions”
■Scholarly Lecture #2 (2 – 3:15 p.m.): “Alterity and SImilarity”
■Q & A (3:15 – 4 p.m.)

Dr. and Mrs. Arlo and Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology on an annual basis. The Newell Lectures are one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

Dr. Newell served the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) for many years as a pastor, editor of Vital Christianity (the national periodical of the Church of God), a Church of God General Assembly officer, and author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Newell continues his writing and serves as a Chaplain in Residence with the Anderson University School of Theology.

Helen Newell also worked faithfully in the Church of God and in the Anderson community. She is a 1981 graduate of the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Religious Education. The Newell Lectures were created to honor Helen’s work at the seminary and in the Church of God.

The Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Established in 1950, the seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers a number of degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).

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