AU hosts Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lectures

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February 28, 2007

The AU Department of Religious Studies will host the upcoming Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, March 5-6, 2007. Under the theme, “Forming Formative Communities: Christian Learning and Learners,” the two-day lecture will feature three speakers: Dr. Marva Dawn and Rev. Tom Beagan. The series was established to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries. The series is open to pastors, teachers in congregations, and the public.

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Dr. Marva Dawn, author of Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, is a theologian, author and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry of Vancouver, WA, and adjunct professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. A scholar with four master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian ethics and the scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken at worship conferences and seminaries throughout North America and around the world. She has written ten books, one of which was honored by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of the top ten books in 1996. Her most recent book is The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World (Eerdmans, 2006).

The Rev. Tom Beagan is the executive director of The LOGOS Ministry, a Christian organization that partners with congregations and other ministries to establish and support a unique system of ministry that equips adult leaders to nurture children and youth into discipleship. In more than 1,500 churches and 20 denominations, LOGOS seeks to nurture a saving relationship with Christ in youth and children. LOGOS is a ministry where adults, youth, and children learn to model Christ to each other in everything-where everyone is a child of God, and no one is treated as if they don't matter.

Also during the two-day event will be presentations by Courtney Award recipients on Tuesday, March 7, at 12:15 a.m. in Kane dining room, Olt Student Center. The Donald Addison Courtney Memorial Award is given to one undergraduate and one School of Theology student for research on the year’s lecture theme. The Award is named in memory of Dr. Donald A. Courtney, who was Professor of Christian Education at Anderson College (1958-66) and Executive Secretary of the Board of Christian Education of the Church of God (1966-86). He was a loyal friend of students, a mentor to many educators, and an advocate for education in the church.

The following schedule has been determined for the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial

Lecture in Christian Education:

Monday, March 5
7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.: Reardon Auditorium lobby
“A Vision of Community toward which Relationships Grow”
(Reception to follow)

Tuesday, March 6
8:30-9:30 a.m. in Decker Hall, Room 133
“What Blocks Community - in Society and in Ourselves?”

10-10:50 a.m.: Hartung Hall, room 101
Multiple Chapel: the Rev. Tom Beagan and the LOGOS Ministry

11 a.m.-12:15 a.m.: School of Theology, Miller Chapel
School of Theology Chapel

Luncheon, 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Olt Student Center, Kane dining room
Presentation by Courtney Award Recipients
Meal provided with RSVP

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Reardon Auditorium lobby
“Christly Gestures - Building a Community that Passes on Trinitarian Faith”

The purpose of the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures is to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries. The event was endowed by Rev. Billie Roy Smith B.Th. ’49, Mrs. Smith’s husband of 54 years. Pearl Toon Smith, a Christian educator of the Church of God, taught Sunday school, served as director of Spiritual Life for the Women of the Church of God in Alabama, and was supportive of Christian missions throughout the world.

For more information about the Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, please contact Dr. Alan Overstreet, assistant professor of Christian Education and Ministry in the AU Department of Religious Studies, at (765)-641-4500. Visit the web site at

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.