Truett Seminary Will Present Annual Willson-Addis Lecture in Practical Christianity

April 26, 2012

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Dr. Kimlyn Bender, associate professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D., will present the annual Willson-Addis Endowed Lecture in Practical Christianity at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, in Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Truett Seminary's Willson-Addis Lecture is a gift from Mr. and Mrs. James McCorry Willson of Floydada, Texas, who were active Methodist laity. The lectures, which examine practical Christianity, were named in honor of their daughter, Ora Eugenia Willson Addis.

Bender's research interests include 19th and 20th century theology, the theology of Karl Barth, contemporary Christology and ecclesiology, and ethics and moral formation. He earned his bachelor's degree from Jamestown College, his master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his doctoral degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He is the author of two books, Theology as Conversations: The Significance of Dialogue in Historical and Contemporary Theology (forthcoming) and Karl Barth's Christological Ecclesiology(2005), and a number of articles and book chapters. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the Karl Barth Society of North America, Bender also is contributing editor of "Cultural Encounters - A Journal for the Theology of Culture" and an editorial member of "Perspectives in Religious Studies."

Truett Theological Seminary is at 1100 S. Third St.

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by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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