Truett's Willson-Addis Lecture March 30 to Focus on Family Faith

March 24, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

One of the most talked about topics facing churches today--understanding and nurturing the faith of the family--will be the focus of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary's Third Annual Willson-Addis Lecture on Tuesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Building of the Hankamer School of Business.

"The Willson-Addis lectures focus on practical issues of Christianity, and what could be more practical than faith and the family. Family ministry touches all of us," said Dr. Michael Morgan, assistant dean of the seminary.

Guest lecturer will be Dr. Diana Garland, professor of social work and director of the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministry. Garland, who also is director of graduate social work education and editor of the journal Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith, is one of the nation's leading experts on family ministry. She is the author of 14 books, including Precious in His Sight: A Guide to Child Advocacy; Church Agencies: Caring for Children and Families in Crisis; and Church Social Work. Her most recent book, Family Ministry, is slated for publication later this year.

"I am looking forward to sharing what we are learning in the Family Ministry Project, a three-year national study funded by the Lilly Endowment that is examining how faith is a dimension of family life and how congregations can nourish that faith," Garland said.

The Willson-Addis Endowed Lectures, a series examining practical Christianity within any branch of the Judeo-Christian tradition, were created in 1964 with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. James McCorry Willson of Floydada, Texas, and named in honor of their daughter, Ora Eugenia Willson Addis. Truett Seminary became the custodian of the annual lectures in 1996.

Dr. Garland's lecture is free and open to the public. A forum will follow the lecture.

For more information, call the seminary at (254) 710-3755.

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