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Bible professor is speaker for Schaff lectures



Published: Sat, March 8, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Dr. Ellen F. Davis will be keynote speaker at the David S. Schaff Lectures March 25 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave.

At a clery and lay leaders seminar at 4 p.m., she will speak on “A Prophetic Perspective.” The event is free but reservations are requested.

At a public lecture at 7 p.m., Dr. Davis’ topic will be “Destroyers of the Earth: A Prophetic Crique of Empire.” No reservations are required.

Dr. Davis is the Amos Ragan Kearns professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina.

She is the author of eight books and numerous articles. Her research focuses on how biblical interpretations bear on the life of faith in commnities and their response to public issues particularly the environent and interfaith relations.

Her most recent book is “Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible.” She is working on “Prophecy and Contemporary Ministry.”

Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a certificate in theology from Oxford University and a master of divinity from Yale University.

A catered buffet supper will take place at 5:30 p.m. Paid reservations of $10 are due at the church office by Friday. Call the office at 330-744-4307. Checks may be made payable to the church and sent to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

The David S. Schaff Lecture Series is made possible by the late Mrs. Philip H. (Jane Booth) Schaff, who died in 1981. In her will, she provided for the completion of the endowment of the previously established David S. Schaff Lectureship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. It was stipulated that the Schaff lecturer would give one address in Youngstown. Mrs. Schaff’s father-in-law, professor David S. Schaff, taught church history at Western Theological Seminary, a forerunner to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The lectures are open to people of all denominations.


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