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Institute for Faith and Learning
Institute for Faith and Learning

The Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) Speaker Series invites prominent religious figures and authors to share their work and beliefs with audiences at LRU and the LTSS. The IFL at LRU, in conjunction with the Academy for Faith and Leadership (AFL) at LTSS, endeavor to provide programming that contributes to and enriches "a culture of the intellect" that is theologically based and directed to Christians of all traditions.

Lutheran pastor and author, Nadia Bolz-Weber speaks at LRU

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) in partnership with LRU's Visiting Writers Series presented non-traditional Lutheran pastor and author, Nadia Bolz-Weber on Thursday, March 5. Reverend Bolz-Weber is the founding Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO. The church is a mission congregation that is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint, a narrative about an unconventional life of faith. She is also a contributing writer for several Christian publications such as the Christian Century and Sojourners. She has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR's Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast, and on CNN. Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence, says of Bolz-Weber, "She has probably done more than any pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating." The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich "a culture of the intellect" that is theologically based. Programs are directed at Christians of all traditions. In its 26th season, the Visiting Writers Series brings world-renowned authors to the LR campus and community. Sponsors of the 2014-2015 Series include: Crowne Plaza--Hickory, WFAE 90.7-FM, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the United Arts Council of Catawba County and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

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