Mount Aloysius Fall Ecumenical Luncheon Features Dr. Philip Jenkins

Posted on: September 16, 2013

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09-16-Ecumenical-Luncheon-Philip-JenkinsCresson, Pa. – The Mount Aloysius College Office of Mission Integration announces the Ecumenical Luncheon and Lecture for Fall, 2013.  Scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th at 12:30 p.m. in the Cosgrave Center Meeting Rooms, the MAC Fall Ecumenical Luncheon event is available to clergy, ministers and congregational leaders.  Featured lecturer for the Ecumenical Lecture is Dr. Philip Jenkins. Dr. Jenkins will present a public lecture at 3:00 p.m. that same afternoon in historic Alumni Hall.  The public is invited to attend that lecture free of charge.  Dr. .Jenkins will discuss the “Implications of Global Christianity.”

Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, vice president of mission integration at Mount Aloysius College noted that Dr. Philip Jenkins is uniquely suited to discuss such a broad-ranging subject as Global Christianity. “Dr. Philip Jenkins’ teaching credentials are extensive,” she said. “He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and, until recently, was Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities at Penn State University. We are grateful that he will be sharing his considerable scholarship in a presentation that will explore with Christian leaders in our area the implications of his work regarding the realities of global Christianity.  We are looking forward to his lecture and to a lively discussion during his visit to Mount Aloysius College.”

Philip Jenkins was born in Wales and educated at Cambridge University, where he obtained his doctorate in History. In 2012, he became a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, where he also serves in the Institute for Studies of Religion. A prolific writer, Jenkins has published 24 books, including “The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity” (2002), “The Lost History of Christianity” (2008) and “Jesus Wars” (2010). His most recent book is “Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses” (HarperOne, 2011).

Jenkins is a contributing editor for The American Conservative and writes a monthly column for The Christian Century. He has also written articles for Christianity Today, First Things, and The Atlantic.

All interested persons are invited to the public lecture at 3:00 p.m. on October 9th.  Clergy, ministers and congregational leaders interested in attending the Fall Ecumenical Luncheon should contact Sr. Helen Marie Burns at Mount Aloysius College.  There is a $12 fee which includes lunch. Seating for this event is limited. She can be reached at (814) 886-6510 or through email at

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