Faith, Politics And Poverty Topic Of Nov. 13 Willson-Addis Lecture

Nov. 6, 2000

Dr. Ronald J. Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action, will deliver the fifth annual Willson-Addis Lecture, sponsored by Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the fifth floor banquet room in the Cashion Academic Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sider, also professor of theology and culture at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will address "Biblical Faith, Politics and Widespread Poverty in America."

"Ron Sider is one of the leading American evangelical theologians who writes and speaks on concerns of social justice," said Dr. Roger Olson, professor of theology and chairman of Truett Seminary's lecture committee. "He and others like Tony Campolo and Jim Wallis work to heighten awareness by combining social and spiritual evangelism. It's important that Christians who are biblically active work with people who struggle with poverty, not just in a sense of charity, but working to change the structures of society so poverty is not so ingrained and widespread."

Sider earned his bachelor's degree from Waterloo Lutheran University and master's and doctorate degrees from Yale University. He has published 22 books, including Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity, Living Like Jesus, Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America and For They Shall Be Fed. In addition, Sider has contributed to 24 other books and published more than 60 articles in scholarly journals and magazines.

Created in 1964 by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. James McCorry Willson of Floydada, Texas, the Willson-Addis Endowed Lectures examine practical Christianity and draw from any branch of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Willsons were active Methodist laypersons, involved in many areas of denominational, educational and social service. The lectures were named in honor

of the couple's daughter, Ora Eugenia Willson Addis.

Initially the lecture was presented through Baptist Student Ministries and administered through the Baylor student life division. In 1997, Truett Seminary, with its curricular emphases on practical Christianity, became the permanent custodian and sponsor of the annual lecture.

For more information, call Truett Seminary at (254) 710-3755 or 1-800-BAYLOR-U,

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