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Brian Collier, fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on campus Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. His talk, “Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, and Save Your Family,” is free and open to the public. Collier’s address is the 2013 Hesburgh Alumni Lecture and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. It is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas. In his address, Collier will trace American education since the turn of the 20th century, examining changes and behaviors leading to what some have described as “the greatest generation.”
Lake Rabenold’s patient had a cough, back pain, a mother dying of cancer, a husband in jail, and not enough money to feed her kids. To top it all off, Rabenold might have to tell the patient that she was also pre-diabetic.
“Her glucose levels were high so we asked her to come back the next day to get tested again,” said Rabenold ‘14 (Lawrenceburg, Ind.). “Her life was falling apart, but when we told her she wasn’t pre-diabetic, she was crying because it was one thing she wouldn’t have to worry about.”
Rabenold is a member of a student organization, Furman University Medical Mission Organization, that spends each spring break doing medical mission work in Latin America. The student group is part of a larger trend at Furman, where students use their spring break to visit and assist impoverished communities across the globe.
Furman University hosts the world famous Whirling Dervishes from Turkey in a performance Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. “Dance of Colours” is open to the public and presented by the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation and Furman’s Office of the Chaplains. Tickets are $40 for orchestra, $25 general admission and $15 for students. The performance is part of Turkish Sufi customs, history and culture. During intermission, Turkish calligrapher Aydin Cayir will present “Art of Calligraphy.”
Furman will hold its Engaging Faith 2013 conference Feb. 22-23 in Daniel Chapel on campus. This year’s speakers are Brené Brown, a nationally renowned speaker whose 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability has received more than seven million views, and Yvette Flunder, founder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. This year’s conference is titled “The Gifts of Imperfection and Inclusion.”
Furman University will present a worship service to close its annual Church Music Conference Friday, Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “A Service of Psalms” is free and open to the public and features prayers, readings, meditations, hymns and anthems. Musicians for the service are the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir with Furman faculty organist Charles Tomkins. The Furman Singers and Chamber Choir will be conducted by Furman music faculty members Hugh Ferguson Floyd and William Thomas, and guest clinician Jerry Blackstone. Officiates for the service are Furman chaplain Vaughn Crowe Tipton and guest clinician Rev. Don E. Saliers.
Furman will host its annual Moravian Christmas Lovefeast service Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. Based on traditions originating in the early Apostolic church, then later in the Moravian church, the Christmas Lovefeast includes the serving of Moravian buns and coffee. The sanctuary will be lit by pew candle staffs and decorated with red poinsettias.
OCTOBER 22, 2012
by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer
Furman University English professor Melinda Menzer will deliver the L.D. Johnson lecture, “What Really Matters?” on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel. Her talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. The L.D. Johnson Lecture Series was established to honor of the life and work of the late L.D. Johnson, chaplain at Furman from 1967 to 1981. Each year the lecture series invites one Furman faculty member or administrator and one graduate to discuss “What Really Matters.”
OCTOBER 8, 2012
by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer
Furman University will hold its inaugural World Religions Symposium with the first of seven lectures and panel discussions beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel. The symposium is free and open to the public, and the theme of this year’s forum is “Islam: In First Person.” The first speaker for the symposium is Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub whose talk is titled, “A Muslim View of Christianity.” As an expert in inter-religious dialogue, American society and institutions, and Islam in America, Ayoub has worked with the U.S. State Department since 1999 on diplomatic programs in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer
Folk singer songwriter Carrie Newcomer will present a workshop on Monday, Sept. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. She will also perform a concert on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Both events take place in Daniel Chapel on the Furman campus. The artist-in-residence workshop and concert are free and open to the public, but space for the workshop is limited to 25 participants. Reservations for the workshop are requested by noon on Friday, Sept. 21. The events are sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains as part of the Religion-in-Life series. Newcomer has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, and as a consummate voice of the heartland and progressive spirituality.
There’s a new kind of Bible—well, the same Bible, but re-written in the form of a screenplay. It’s called The Voice and it was written over seven years, by poets and scholars, all Christians, who said they wanted to take the word of God written in ancient times and make it easier and more accessible for people today. Vaughn CroweTipton, Furman chaplain, professor and director of the religious studies program, weighed in on the new translation for a piece by FOX Carolina.