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b2ap3_thumbnail_DeVito.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Robert Lupton Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Lupton’s lecture, “Toxic Charity – How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, and How to Reverse it.”

In his lecture, Lupton takes an in-depth look at caring, well-meaning people and their tendencies to unintentionally do more harm than good in their attempts to assist those in need. He talks about the principals of charity and the unintended consequences and offers practical remedies to correct the harm and replace it with new paradigms of service.

Dr. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta as a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Through Focus Community Strategies (FCS) Urban Ministries, a non-profit organization which he founded, Dr. Lupton has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community.  

He is the author of five books: “Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life,” “Renewing the City,” “Return Flight,” “Theirs is the Kingdom” and “Toxic Charity.”  

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Ben_Lowe_Photo.jpgWaynesburg University’s Recycling Task Force and the Ecostewards Club will host guest speaker Ben Lowe Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Lowe will be speaking on creation care and climate action. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Lowe serves as the national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (Y.E.C.A.). Founded in 2012 by a group of core evangelical students, Y.E.C.A. is a faith-based movement of young Christians in the United States joining together to overcome the climate change crisis. Y.E.C.A.’s diverse and creative actions are focused on mobilizing young evangelicals to act and advocate together.

A dedicated activist and organizer, Lowe is also the director of young adult ministries with the Evangelical Environmental Network and Chair of the Board of the Au Sable Institute. He is the author of “Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation.”

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Rev. Dr. Donald J. Dawson, director of World Mission Initiative (WMI) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will present his lecture, “Answering God’s Call,” as part of the Christ & Culture Lecture Series, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

In addition to his lecture, Dawson will speak Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. 

Dawson had 24 years of pastoral experience leading churches in mission involvement before beginning as director of the WMI in 2000. He was pastor of the Buffalo United Presbyterian Church in Sarver, Pa., and the Hampton Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, Pa.

Dawson also serves as the director of the New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC). The NWMC has mobilized the church for mission for 108 years and uses its Presbyterian mission heritage to encourage a deep spiritual life of fellowship with God by promoting service and witness for Jesus Christ.

The WMI fosters an environment of mission work and is committed to raising a generation who will lead the church in rediscovering its identity as the sent people of God.  

 

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Waynesburg University brings to campus speakers that enrich the lives of students through topics that explore faith, learning and serving. In January, two accomplished speakers visited campus to share with students, faculty and staff about science and art.

As a speaker in The Crosby Lecture Series, Dr. Thomas E. Mallouk, professor of chemistry and physics at Pennsylvania State University, spoke Tuesday, Jan. 17 about "Light Harvesting and Water Splitting in dye-sensitized solar cells.” His topic provided valuable insight for chemistry, engineering and science students.

“[Mallouk] is like a walking encyclopedia,” Jeffery Johns, a junior biology major at Waynesburg University said. “I am so glad that I had the opportunity to hear him speak and talk with him privately; he has a lot to offer the scientific community.”

Dr. Mallouk has written and published more than 300 scientific publications and has received multiple honors and awards including the Eberly College of Science Medal from Penn State University in 1998 and the American Chemical Society Award in 2008. Mallouk is also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Waynesburg University also hosted Makoto Fujimura Tuesday, Jan. 31, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series. His lecture, “Generative Thinking – Towards Culture Care Values,” detailed the unity between contemporary art and Christianity.

“There is a line that says you can paint or you can worship, but not both,” Fujimura said. “But faith and art is a relationship.”

Fujimura, the founder of the International Arts Movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the arts, is a prominent cultural influencer in both secular and faith-based media. His artwork is featured worldwide in many major cities, including New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts and addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community. The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines.

Through generous friends of the University, students receive the unique opportunity to attend these lectures free of charge. Influential speakers distinguished in their respective disciplines give lectures in classes, at chapel and at public events and offer question and answer sessions for interested students, faculty and staff after each presentation. 

 

 

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