Lawyer To Give Christian Perspective On Taxation During Chapel

March 1, 2005

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

Susan Pace Hamill, author and professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, will discuss Christianity and taxation during Baylor University's Chapel services, at 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Waco Hall.

Hamill has studied the connection between Christian ethics and tax reform, specifically lobbying for fair taxation in Alabama. In her book, "The Least of These: Fair Taxes and the Moral Duty of Christians," she examines the gap between Christianity and the federal tax code and suggests biblical solutions to connect the two.

"All adherents of both the Christian and Jewish faiths have a moral obligation to work toward correcting oppressive tax laws," Hamill said during a lecture at the University of San Francisco last September. "Alabama teaches the other states and the nation that the more unjust any societal structure is allowed to become, and the longer such unfairness is tolerated, the more difficult it will be to remedy."

Before joining the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law, Hamill practiced law in New York and served as the attorney adviser for the Chief Council's Office of the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to earning undergraduate and law degrees from Emory University, Tulane University and New York University, Hamill received a master's in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University.

For more information on Chapel, contact the Office of University Ministries at 710-3517. Chapel can be viewed live at www.baylor.edu/um.

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