AU to host Rev. Sharon Risher for Peace and Conflict Transformation Lecture Series

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Anderson, Ind. -- At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) program will host Rev. Sharon Risher for the second installment in their four-part lecture series in Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University. The PACT lecture series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, as well as those who educate us on injustice and oppression throughout the world.

Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Her beloved mother and the church’s sexton, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend.

Since that horrific tragedy, Risher has been outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is a national spokesperson for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense. She is a staff chaplain and trauma specialist with Parkland Hospital of Dallas, Texas.

The PACT program seeks to build bridges of compassion, and to teach us to bring reconciliation to our lives and communities. An 18-hour PACT minor is available to AU students of any major. For more information about the PACT program, visit

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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