Baylor Spiritual Life Will Welcome Theologian and Scholar for Lecture on ‘The Spiritual City’

Oct. 30, 2015
Philip SheldrakePhilip Sheldrake courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 30, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of spiritual life, the Honors Residential College and the Baylor Graduate School will welcome religious historian and theologian Philip Sheldrake, D.D., for a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in McClinton Auditorium.

Sheldrake is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House Anglican Theological College at the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Theological Federation. He is the director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, he is the Moulsdale Fellow of St. Chad’s College at Durham University.

“Professor Sheldrake was chosen to speak because he is a world-renowned scholar in his field, and he helped shape the academic discipline of spirituality into what it is today,” said Ryan Richardson, M.Div., associate chaplain and director of worship and chapel.

Sheldrake’s lecture is titled “The Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality, and the Urban,” after his latest book.

“Professor Sheldrake will be discussing a variety of topics about spirituality, sacred space, the university and the urban,” Richardson said. “He will be addressing issues related to spirituality, student life, campus life, community life and city life.”

Sheldrake was educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, the University of Oxford and the University of London. He holds degrees in philosophy and modern history, a postgraduate diploma in pastoral theology, a master of theology in reformation theology and history, a bachelor of divinity on historical theory and the study of spirituality and a doctorate of divinity.

He has worked in editing and religious publishing since 1981 and formerly served as the chair of SCM Press. His published works include “A Brief History of Spirituality,” “Spaces for the Sacred” and “The Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality and the Urban.”

In addition to his lecture, Sheldrake will speak at All University Chapel on Monday, Nov. 2, in Waco Hall.

McClinton Auditorium is located inside the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation at 1621 S. Third St., and Waco Hall is located at 624 Speight Ave.

For more information, contact the department of spiritual life at 254-710-3517.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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