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Elmhurst University lecture series to focus on faith and diversity

Hunger and social policy, faith and race and religious literacy are among the subjects of several Focus on Faith and Diversity lectures to be held this spring at Elmhurst University.

This series of reflections and conversations will bring together renowned religious leaders, social justice advocates, faculty and other leaders from the Elmhurst University community. Hosted by the University’s Office of the Chaplain, the lectures will be held throughout March and April. All are free and open to the public, and will be held in a virtual format:

The Right to Food: How Public Policy Impacts Hunger – 4 p.m. March 8

Featuring the Rev. Nancy Neal, director of the church relations department at Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy organization that works for policy changes to end hunger.

The State of Race in America – 4 p.m. March 11

The Rev. Brad R. Braxton is the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at St. Luke’s School in New York City and curator for the Living Religions in 21st Century America program at the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Faith and Politics: My Years with Barack Obama and Joe Biden – 7 p.m. March 15

A conversation with the Rev. Dr.Derrick Harkins, national director of interfaith outreach for the Democratic National Committee and senior vice president at Union Theological Seminary.Monday,

The Religious Literacy Project of Elmhurst University – 4 p.m. April 13

Featuring the Rev. Alice Hunt, an affiliate faculty member of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and retired president of Chicago Theological Seminary. A biblical scholar with research interests in leadership development, Hunt is the recipient of an honorary degree from Elmhurst University.

The Focus on Faith and Diversity lectures are part of Elmhurst University’s 2020-21 Cultural Season of public lectures with the theme of The Courage to Change: Reflection, Action and Resilience. This year’s theme is inspired by the widely known Serenity Prayer, written by prominent American theologian and Elmhurst alumnus Reinhold Niebuhr.

Admission to all Focus on Faith and Diversity virtual lectures is free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made at; an access link to the virtual event will be provided closer to the event date. For questions, call 630-617-5186 to leave a message or email

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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