Greensboro College Hosts Ward Lecturer Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove March 5

February 12, 2020 1:59 pm
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College presents its 57th Annual Jean Fortner Ward Lecture, featuring author, speaker and activist Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind the college’s Admissions Welcome Center at West Market Street and College Place.

His lecture is titled, “A Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good.” Afterward, he will have copies of his book by the same name for sale at a reception in Lea Center in Main Building, adjacent to the chapel.

Wilson-Hartgrove is an evangelical Christian and the author of several books on spirituality, including “Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion,” “Strangers at My Door,” “The Awakening of Hope,” “The Wisdom of Stability,” and “The New Monasticism.”

He also is co-author, with the Rev. William Barber II, of “The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement,” and co-compiler of “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.”

In 2003, he and his wife, Leah, founded the Rutba House in Durham, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless share community with the formerly housed. He also serves as an associate minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and directs Durham’s School for Conversion, which works to help communities unlearn habits of social division.

He is active in the Red Letter Christian Movement and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

The Jean Fortner Ward Lecture Series was initiated in 1964 to bring outstanding speakers and lectures to the Greensboro College campus to address connections between faith and higher education. This series is made possible through the generosity of the late William S. Ward of Greensboro in honor of his wife, an alumna and former trustee of the college.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.greensboro.edu.

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