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UVa. professor-author to open ‘Writers Read’ series

Posted on August 31st, 2009

The language and literature department at EMU will hold its first "Writers Read" of the new school year Thursday, Sept. 10.

Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of VirginiaCharles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, will read from his works at 5:30 p.m. that day in Martin Chapel of the seminary building. (See campus map)

His books include Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer; The Last Days; God’s Long Summer, which won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion; The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Today and Wayward Christian Soldiers: Freeing the Gospel from Political Captivity.

‘Just War’ and the teachings of Jesus

Marsh is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and has written for The New York Times, Books & Culture and Modern Theology.

According to a reviewer in the on-line magazine, Southern Reader, "Marsh makes us examine our concepts of ‘just war’ and urges us to move past cultural preconditions, take the teachings of Jesus seriously, and dare to apply them to the issues of contemporary society."

Admission to the program, which includes dinner, is $15, $5 for EMU students with meal plan and $7 for all other students. Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, Sept. 4. Reservations can be made on line at www.emu.edu/langlit/writersread/reservations/0910 or by calling the language and literature department at (540) 432-4168.

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