The role of religion in the development of healthy communities will be the focus of the keynote speech at the annual Laws Lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School will be the keynote speaker. She studies the intersections of intellectual work and spiritual practice, academic study of religion and practices of ministry, and the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher.
“The lecture will explore the religious imperative for healthy communities and draw on resources from our religious traditions to help us imagine and achieve them,” Paulsell said in a news release.
A reception is planned following a brief question-and-answer period.
Elementary school children can come to the gym during the lecture to participate in Dances of Universal Peace and other activities.
Paulsell also will be available at First Presbyterian Sunday school on Oct. 7.
William R. Laws, pastor of First Presbyterian from 1950 to 1976, was a civil rights leader, youth advocate and peacemaker. The annual lectures “aspire to keep the vision of what God promises and requires before us all,” the news release said.
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