Well-known theologian gives lecture at UCC-affiliated Dillard University
Written by Staff Reports
October 18, 2013

The Rev. Jim Wallis

Well-known Christian author and theologian the Rev. Jim Wallis delivered the Brain Food Lecture Oct. 17, kicking off the inaugural celebration honoring Dillard University's next president. Wallis' lecture was the weekend's first event before the UCC-affiliated institution based in New Orleans inaugurates its seventh president, the Rev. Walter M. Kimbrough, on Oct. 19.

"It's a great honor to be asked to speak at one of President Kimbrough's Brain Food series and to explore how people of faith can become peacemakers - not just peace lovers - in places where it can often feel like the common good has been lost," said Wallis. "I look forward to seeing how Dillard University will continue to be a beacon in their community, particularly under President Kimbrough's leadership."

Other weekend events include "A Taste of New Orleans," which will feature Dillard University students and guest artists Ledisi, Delfeayo Marsalis, and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra on Oct. 18. A reception will follow Kimbrough's inauguration on Saturday Oct. 19, and he will lead a Sunday morning worship service at Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chapel on Oct. 20.

Wallis recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. He is president and founder of Sojourners, the national Christian organization committed to social justice based in Washington, D.C., and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. An author of 10 books, his columns have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television programs on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NPR. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches at Georgetown University.

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