Rev. James L. Brooks will speak at Concordia University, Nebraska, in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 21. Brooks’ presentation, “The Eight Key Components of Christian Community Development,” will be at 10 a.m. in the Weller Hall auditorium. A pastor at Harmony Community Church in Chicago, Ill., Brooks attended the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and completed his clinical pastoral education at University of Illinois Medical Center. He has led missions in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa, in addition to leading community development efforts in the areas of teamwork, leadership development and spiritual resiliency.
Dr. Merold Westphal is scheduled to speak at Concordia in the spring of 2013. Dr. Westphal has just retired from the theology/philosophy faculty at Fordham University. He is a recognized expert in postmodern Christian thinking and has written extensively in that vein. He is in process of releasing his latest book that examines the work of Luther and Kierkegaard as each and both of them are critics of reason as the path to faith.
UPDATE: Dr. Westphal's lecture has been postponed. A new speaking time has not yet been announced.