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James F. and Leona N. Andrews Endowed Chair for Christian Unity (John 17:21)

In the fall of 2016, Greenville University received a $1.3 million gift from the Full Salvation Union to establish The James F. and Leona N. Andrews Endowed Chair for Christian Unity (John 17:21). The chair honors the legacy of the Andrews by coordinating a program of study that is interdenominational in effort and nonsectarian in spirit, and that leads to greater understanding and unity of spirit among all of God's children.

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First Andrews Lecture A Success on February 15, 2017

Andrews Chair Event

Greenville University was pleased to host the First Annual Andrews Lecture in Christian Unity on February 15, 2017.

The lecture, entitled That They May All be One: New Testament Images of Christian Unity," was given by Dr. Michael J. Gorman, who holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gorman also gave a chapel address the same day, entitled "The Year of Mercy."

Gorman is the author of a dozen books and numerous articles in New Testament studies, biblical interpretation, and Christian ethics. His books include Apostle of the Crucified Lord and Reading Paul.

Appointment to Fill Andrews Chair

http://www.greenville.edu/news/wayman-to-fill-andrews-chair-for-christian-unity-at-greenville-college

 

Building Bridges

Last spring we held our first Building Bridges Conversation, which was a collaborative effort of the Greenville College Student Association, the Mac Scholars Program, and the Andrews Chair for Christian Unity. The purpose of the Building Bridges Series is to have conversations that matter. The goal is to foster an environment where we listen well, share well, understand each other better, and discover the unity we have in Christ. Christian conversation is not defensive, but rather is driven by our desire to know and love one another better. For our first conversation, we welcomed Fr. David Meconi, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. Fr. Meconi is a scholar, but he’s more fundamentally a disciple of Jesus Christ. Fr. Meconi loves the church and so I’m delighted he joined us for a conversation to help us understand better the kind of unity Christ makes possible through the church.

 

Appearances

 

At the 125th Anniversary Celebration of Greenville University on September 20, 2017, Andrews Chair Ben Wayman moderated a discussion on “Diversity Matters for Christian Unity.” This panel discussion included Shirley Hoogstra (President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities), Dr. Edwin Estévez (Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Greenville University), Dr. Karen Longman (PhD Program Director and Professor of Doctoral Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University), Dr. Venessa Brown (Professor and Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), and Dr. Gene Dunkley Dean of Diversity and Associate Professor of Biology at Greenville University). President Hoogstra, Edwin Estévez, and Karen Longman were all contributors to the recently released Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Higher Education.

 

On October 9, 2017, Andrews Chair Ben Wayman spoke in Chapel on "Parables, Kingdom, and Christian Unity." In his talk, Dr. Wayman set the stage for a chapel series on parables, and shared how they give us imaginative pictures of the Kingdom of God. Suggesting Chance the Rapper is a public example of a "living parable," Dr. Wayman explored how a clearer picture of the Kingdom of God can help us identify fake unity and embrace the true unity Christ makes possible.

 

Updates

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