Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning Will Host Duke Divinity School Professor for Third Annual Bailey Family Lecture

April 18, 2016
L. Gregory JonesL. Gregory Jones, photo courtesy of Duke University

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WACO, Texas (April 19, 2016) – Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning will host L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., for its third annual Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Jones is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School. His lecture is titled “It’s Not (Only) About You: Cultures, Institutions and Forming Virtuous People.”

“Jones is an exceptionally gifted Christian educator who has lectured internationally on topics as diverse as forgiveness and reconciliation to how institutions might practice ‘traditioned innovation,’” said Darin Davis, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Faith and Learning. “He is more than a prolific scholar, acclaimed teacher and dean. He is also a gifted preacher, a wise mentor and someone who cares deeply about cultivating the conditions in which individuals and institutions truly flourish.”

Jones served as dean of Duke Divinity School from 1997 to 2010 and now serves as senior strategist for leadership education and for Duke University’s Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics. He serves Baylor as senior advisor for the Institute for Faith and Learning and senior strategist for the Office of the President.

Jones has authored more than 200 articles in a variety of scholarly and popular publications and has written or edited 17 books, including “Embodying Forgiveness” and “Christian Social Innovation.”

Named in honor of Bill and Roberta (Hatch) Bailey for their family’s commitment to Baylor, the Waco community and the church, the Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics began in 2014 and brings in distinguished scholars to speak on significant issues arising within Christian moral tradition.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Truett Seminary is located at 1100 S. Third St.

For more information, contact the Institute for Faith and Learning at 254-710-4805.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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