McKendree’s Chapel Series Begins Sept. 5

Leadership, Service, Hospitality, Common Ground and Diversity are Themes

(LEBANON, Ill., August 29, 2014) — Leadership, service, hospitality, common ground and  a diverse community are the themes of McKendree University’s 2014-2015 Chapel Series, which starts on Sept. 5. Members of the community are invited to join students, faculty and staff members to hear challenging speakers at Bothwell Chapel on campus.

Leadership is the topic of the opening service on Friday, Sept. 5 at noon. The guest speaker is Dr. Deborah Krause, academic dean and professor of New Testament at Eden Seminary and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church.

Other keynote speakers are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m., “Service”: Rev. Jared Evens, a United Methodist pastor in Georgia and a McKendree graduate who received his call to ministry in missions, will be the guest minister at the Homecoming chapel service.

Friday, Dec. 5, noon, “Hospitality”: A Lessons and Carols service with Rev. Tom Goodell, directing pastor of Crossroads United Methodist Church, in Washington, Ill., and music by the McKendree Concert Choir.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 4 p.m. “Common Ground”: Rev. Maurice J. Nutt, a Redemptorist Catholic priest, is Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he teaches theology and preaching courses. The Christian Unity and Martin Luther King Service will also feature the McKendree Gospel Choir.

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 6 p.m., “A Diverse Community”: Rick Kodner of the Jewish Federation will be the guest speaker at a Jewish Seder Meal, a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover.

Wednesday, April 29, noon, “Faculty Reflections”: A Celebration Chapel Service features Dr. Pat Folk, professor of history and Samuel Hedding Deneen and Charles Samuel Deneen Memorial Chair in Early American History, who has been part of the McKendree community since 1978. The McKendree Concert Choir will perform.