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Dr. James Howell to speak October 28 on St. Francis

10/28/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion at Queens will present Dr. James Howell, speaking on his new book, Conversations with St. Francis, on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 pm in Sykes Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

The Senior Pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church, Howell is the author of twelve books, including The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray, The Life We Claim, and The Beatitudes for Today.  He is a regular contributor to many publications, including The Christian Century.  Acclaimed also for his preaching and speaking, he was the 2003 Jameson Jones Distinguished Lecturer in Preaching at Duke.

After Dr. Howell's talk and a question and answer session, Dr. Howell will sign copies of Conversations with St. Francis.

The book offers the reader an opportunity to "explore the deep questions of the life of the spirit with "God's clown,' St. Francis of Assisi."  A reviewer notes that "Saint Francis comes alive in a fresh, engaging, and exciting way in these pages.  James Howell shows us how the words and life of this subversive saint can guide us toward becoming more faithful followers of Jesus in our contemporary context.  In our search for a genuine gospel spirituality, we would do well to listen to this ancient voice."  Another reviewer cautions, "Be careful with this book.  If you join James Howell as a pilgrim to Assisi, you may find yourself throwing away your wallet, your clothes and your reputation to follow the poor Christ as St. Francis did." 

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate - through dialogue - the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives.   Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, who kicked off a four-lecture series on "Languages of God."

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication, and Hayworth College for evening programs.

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