Theologian Miroslav Volf to speak at WFU

By Jacob McConnico
Oct. 11, 2005

Miroslav Volf, an internationally recognized human rights advocate, author and theologian, will present a lecture titled "Generosity: Importance, Challenge, Possibility" at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel. The free, public lecture is presented as the Wake Forest Divinity School's 2005 Margaret A. Steelman Lecture.

Miroslav Volf

Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, is a native of Croatia who emigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. He was an outspoken proponent of peace during the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and his specialty is how faith can connect to everyday life — especially to questions about violence.

Formerly a pastor in Croatia, Volf was on the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia, and later on the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Known for his penetrating reflections on the Yugoslav conflict and an ability to be heard by both theological liberals and conservatives, he has lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe.

Volf is the author and editor of more than nine books and 60 scholarly articles, including his book "Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation," which won the Christianity Today Book Award in 1998 and the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Volf is visiting Wake Forest as part of events planned for the inauguration of the university's 13th president Nathan O. Hatch. He will also give the talk "The Superficial and the Profound" at the 11 a.m. chapel service on Oct. 18 in Wait Chapel. He will be a panelist for the Oct. 19 academic symposium "The Moral Challenges of Professional Life," scheduled for 2 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall in the university's Scales Fine Arts Center.

The Wake Forest Divinity School's Steelman Lecture Series was founded by Sanford L. Steelman in honor of his wife, Margaret. The series brings prominent lecturers to the Divinity School on subjects relating to Jewish and Christian theology.

For more information, contact the Divinity School at (336) 758-5121.

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