Welch Family Lecture Series Coming to TU November 4-7


The Welch Family Special Collection of Reformed and Renewal Theology, a recent gift to The University of Tulsa and the Tulsa community, will be celebrated with the Welch Collection Inaugural Lecture Series from Nov. 9-11 at TU.

The theme of the lecture series is “The Unique Roles of Pastor, Theologian and Itinerant Teacher in Reformed Theology.” The keynote speaker, and a major contributor to the collection, is pastor and biblical scholar Eugene Peterson, whose central work is “The Message,” a contemporary translation and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.

Peterson will lecture at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, and again with Andrew Purves and Marva Dawn at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the McFarlin Library Faculty Study on TU campus. Parking is available at Fifth Place and Florence Avenue.

Dawn is a theologian, author and teaching fellow in spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. A scholar with a Ph.D. in Christian ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dawn has spoken at clergy and worship conferences and at seminaries throughout North America and Europe. In addition to the group lecture, Dawn will speak at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10. in the Faculty Study.

Andrew Purves, a native of Scotland, is a Presbyterian minister and the Hugh Thomson Kerr Chair in Pastoral Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Purves speaks around the country on issues of theological and spiritual renewal. He will lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in the formal lounge of the Allen Chapman Activity Center.

The lecture series begins with Sunday services by Eugene Peterson at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 9.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Discussion sessions will follow all lectures. For more information on the lecture series or the Welch Collection, call Jeffrey C. Francis at Sharp Chapel at (918) 631-2546.

Additional contributors to the Welch Collection at TU include Bryant Kirkland, pastor emeritus of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Kirkland was also a former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa and has served as president of the American Bible Society. TU will hold Kirkland’s materials jointly with Princeton University.

The collection also contains the published works of William R. Bright, Campus Crusade for Christ founder and native Oklahoman, who donated his published pieces to the collection shortly before his death. The most recent contributor to the collection is Dale Bruner, who is widely known for a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Andrew Purves is also a contributor.

Bill and Peggy Welch established this collection in 2001 to highlight those who contributed significantly to the reform and renewal in the Christian tradition.

Updated 10-25-2006

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