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'Worship in Wait' speaker series resumes with four leading scholars


January 22, 2007

To build on the fall success of Wake Forest University’s new “Worship in Wait” speaker series, event organizers have scheduled lectures by four leading scholars, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury and university President Nathan O. Hatch.

Hatch will lead the first “Worship in Wait” event of the spring semester at 7 p.m. Jan. 28.  His sermon is titled “My Struggle to Believe.”  All events will take place in Wait Chapel and are free and open to the public.

The author of the 1989 book “The Democratization of American Christianity,” Hatch is regularly cited as one of the most influential scholars in the study of the history of religion in America.  The book, which won national acclaim and garnered three major prizes, offers a reassessment of religion and culture during the early days of the republic and argues that during this period, American Christianity was democratized, and commoners became powerful actors on the religious scene.

The Very Rev. George Carey, who served as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, will deliver the second “Worship in Wait” lecture of the spring semester titled “Is Your God Too Small?” at 11 a.m. Feb. 9.

A graduate of King’s College in London, Carey served as parish priest, principal of Trinity College in Bristol, and bishop of Bath and Wells before being selected as archbishop of Canterbury, the primate of all England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.  He is author of numerous articles and books, including “The Church in the Marketplace” and his memoir, “Know the Truth.”  His visit to Winston-Salem is in cooperation with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, one of the leading analysts of religion in America, will deliver the third spring semester lecture of the series at 8 p.m. March 25.  Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

He is the author of many books, including “Righteous Empire,” “Pilgrims in their Own Land,” “Modern American Religion” and “A Cry of Absence.”  Marty’s visit to Winston-Salem is in cooperation with Centenary United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall, president and professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kan., will deliver the final “Worship in Wait” lecture of the spring semester at 11 a.m. April 24.

Marshall, the first woman president of a Baptist-affiliated seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, has been a theological educator for more than 20 years.  She said she considers herself an “equipper of ministers.”  Marshall has had a variety of ministerial experiences and notable scholarly efforts, including three monographs and various professorships and fellowships.

She served as president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and as editor of the NABPR Dissertation Series.  She is on the editorial board of American Baptist Quarterly.

The “Worship in Wait” series, which started in September and featured three speakers during the spring semester, brings distinguished preachers from diverse religious traditions to the university’s most recognizable landmark, Wait Chapel.  It seeks to bring preachers to the university and to the Winston-Salem community who are recognized for their work as pastors, teachers and writers.  The goal of the series is to respond to contemporary issues within the context of ecumenical worship.

“Worship in Wait” is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Wake Forest Divinity School and the Office of the Chaplain.  For additional information, call (336) 758-5121 or visit http://www.wfu.edu/chaplain/worship/.

Speakers in the series are also appearing at Wake Forest as part of the university’s new “Voices of Our Time” guest speaker series, which brings some of the most distinguished and renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues.  For more information about “Voices of Our Time,” visit http://www.wfu.edu/lectureseries/.

Press Contacts:

Jacob McConnico
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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