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Noted Theologian Will Talk on God and "The Stranger" at Davidson

March 29, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Robert Bondi
Professor and theologian Roberta Bondi

Theologian Roberta Bondi will present the Staley Distinguished Christian Lecture Series at Davidson College on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. Her free public presentations, entitled "All God's Creatures: Christian Reflections on the Stranger," will take place in the 900 Room of the College Union.

Bondi is a professor of church history at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Offering both theological reflections and personal experiences, she will discuss how all of creation praises God, and how humans relate to others - the "strangers" - who praise God in different ways. Through awareness of and interaction with the "stranger," she contends that people can understand God more deeply.

Bondi holds a doctorate in theology from Oxford University in England, where she specialized in the spirituality of early Christian monasticism. Her current research focuses on Christian spirituality and ecumenism. Her publications include To Love as God Loves: Conversations With the Early Church, Memories of God: Theological Reflection on a Life, and A Place to Pray: Reflections on the Lord's Prayer.

The Staley Lecture Series was established at Davidson in 1970 through the generosity of Thomas F. Staley, a 1924 Davidson graduate with a desire to further the evangelical witness of the Christian church among college students. The Staley Lecture Series gives the college community the opportunity to hear distinguished Christian speakers from various walks of life reflect on their faith and work in ways that are intellectually challenging and spiritually nurturing. Previous Staley lecturers include Frederick Buechner, Tony Campolo, James Forbes, and Kathleen Norris.

For more information on Bondi's lectures at Davidson, call 894-2423.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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