CLC Annual Fundraiser: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas

America's foremost Christian ethicist and Centenary Attaway Scholar in Civic Culture, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, will deliver the keynote address entitled "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?" at the 3rd Annual Christian Leadership Center Fundraising Dinner: 6 pm, Sunday, February 15, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Read the press release or view the printable flyer (pdf). Please call 318.869.5156 to register for the dinner.

Dr. Hauerwas will also offer an exclusive Q&A session for clergy of all denominations from 7:30-9 am Monday, February 16, 2009, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport. To register for this breakfast, call 318-869-5156.

Free and open to the public! Dr. Hauerwas will lecture on "War and the American Difference" in Centenary's Kilpatrick Auditorium at 7 pm Monday, February 16. Books will be available for purchase.

About Dr. Hauerwas

Professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas has long called for dogged realism in the Christian community. Will Christians take seriously their theology? Or will they merely espouse it? Worse, just talk about it?

Born in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Hauerwas initially studied at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, before earning another bachelor's degree, two master's degrees, and his doctoral degree at Yale University. His writings belie his origins: influenced by Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Neibuhr, John Howard Yoder, Karl Barth, and Alisdair McIntyre, Dr. Hauerwas has famously and provocatively celebrated the practice of nonviolence and the experience of Christian community as essential to the Christian ethic. Now the author of 25 books, Dr. Hauerwas is most known for The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics and Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony.

When Dr. Hauerwas writes about the gritty application of the Christian ethic in real life, he underlies those claims with the belief that a Christian life ought to be thoroughly formed by redemptive narrative. His interdisciplinary work thus connects systematic theology, philosophical theology, political theory, and medical ethics. Dr. Hauerwas holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School and delivers lectures all over the world, most notably serving in the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 2001. The same year, Time magazine named him "America's Best Theologian."

Registration for the Fundraising Dinner

Ticket price per person is $35 (student $25, table $250). Call Centenary's Christian Leadership Center at 318.869.5156 to reserve your seat now.

Other events

Dr. Hauerwas will take questions from local clergy at breakfast on Monday, February 16. Hosted at Broadmoor United Methodist Church of Shreveport, breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and the Q&A session will conclude by 9 am. Cost is $5, payable at the door. Please reserve your seat by phone (318.869.5156) or email.

At 7 pm Monday, February 16, in Kilpatrick Auditorium in Centenary's Smith Building, Dr. Hauerwas will speak on "War and the American Difference," with questions and book signing to follow. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Members of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church may earn .3 Continuing Education Units for attending all three events: the Sunday night lecture, the Monday morning Q&A session, and the Monday night lecture. Please call 318.869.5156 to indicate your interest in these CEUs.

For More Information:

Jennifer Strange
Continuing Education Coordinator