The author of Oprah Book Club selection, Jewel, Bret Lott visited Belmont on Wednesday for a Christian Faith Development convocation sponsored by the School of Religion, the English department and the Office of Spiritual Development.
After noting “I only understand what I mean if I write it out,” Lott read to the audience his thoughts on the roles of story, genres and faith in a person’s life. “Why do people buy the same novel again and again and again” he asked, noting his belief that in those tales readers find a glimpse of the light and meaning they seek. Alluding to C.S. Lewis, he continued, “Those books have delivered a story that has brought them to the brink of their own far-off country.”
But Lott argued that genre is not the same as story; rather, genre is but a shadow of the real story everyone seeks, a story that is found in the person of Christ. “I ask you not ‘what is your story’ but who is your story?”
“Things may be great, but outside of God our work looks like this,” Dwan said while holding up crumpled paper. “This clean sheet of paper represents what we get from Jesus Christ when we accept the Gospel. It represents redemption. Everything I have been doing to make this (paper) better, Jesus has already done. All he asks us to do is believe and receive.”
The Hills have recorded with many major artists including alumna Melinda Doolittle, trustee CeCe Winans and faculty member Chester Thompson. They also have performed at the Thunder Bay Canada Blues Festival and run their own recording studio, using their Belmont education to make a difference for God in the world. (more…)
“If we can come together, know that something special is going to happen in this place called Belmont University. It’s our purpose and our calling,” said Burgin, who is in his second month as Belmont’s associate provost and dean of students.
“God uses this place in your life to enhance you. How amazing is it that all of you come here to pursue various degrees thinking, ‘I’m going to be a musician. I’m going to be a doctor.’ We all are going to have a different purpose than we may have expected in our lives,” he said.
From the Bible’s two Josephs, Burgin pointed to lessons he has learned regarding purpose. From Jesus’ earthly father Joseph, he gathered that the University’s faculty, staff and administrators are accountable for the way they impact the lives they touch. (more…)
A Duke University professor explained the concept of “post racial blues” as a dichotomy between American racism and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle with it during the keynote address for MLK Week. Dr. J. Kameron Carter addressed campus on “Postracial Blues: Notes on Religion and the Twenty-First Century Color Line,” also the University’s theme for MLK Week, in Neely Dining Hall on Wednesday.
“Race is changing. Our engagement with it is changing. One of the new key cultural terms of this transformation is this notion of post racialism, and I am very interested in how this post racialism actually becomes a new form of racism and how theological and religious thought forms are a part of the processes of race.”
Carter examined King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, written while the Civil Rights leader was incarcerated in April 1963.
Belmont, TSU, Trevecca students join together for MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18
In celebration of the Jan. 15 anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth date, Belmont University will hold two weeks of special events. The University’s theme for 2014 is “Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century.” The University’s commitment to Martin Luther King Jr. Week through classroom and special events began in 1997 and continues to grow today. New this year are showings of documentaries related to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.
“In recent years, there has been a great deal of talk about whether or not we live in a so-called ‘post-racial’ society. In order to explore more fully this controversial idea, the committee this year thought it best to look to the past for inspiration. In that spirit, we chose as our theme, ‘Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century,’ an homage to W.E.B. DuBois’ famous pronouncement, written well over a century ago, that ‘the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line,’” said Peter Kuryla, assistant professor of history and chairman of Belmont’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee. “So recalling DuBois and in keeping with Dr. King’s prophetic social vision, we’ve put together programming that addresses this issue of the color line from a variety of perspectives. We look forward to a campus-wide conversation.” (more…)