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Noted Author and Evangelist Leonard Sweet to Present Mendenhall Lecture, October 9

September 25, 2007

Leonard Sweet.jpgSeptember 25, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Author and educator Leonard Sweet, who has been named one of the "50 most influential Christians in America" for each of the past two years, will come to the campus of DePauw University on Tuesday, October 9, to present the Mendenhall Lecture. Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (Madison, New Jersey), will discuss "Global Warning?: Life in the Youniverse." The event, to take place at Gobin United Memorial Methodist Church, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.

Professor Sweet -- whose bestselling books include FaithQuakes, SoulTsunami: Sink or Swim in New Millennium Culture, and SoulSalsa: 17 Surprising Steps to Godly Living -- has been vice president of academic affairs and dean of the theological school at Drew for five years, and also serves as visiting distinguished professor at George Fox University (Portland, Oregon). Before joining theLeonard Sweet Soul Salsa.jpg Drew faculty, he spent eleven years as president and professor of church history at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Sweet has been chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.

In total, Sweet has authored more than 100 hundred articles, 600 published sermons and 30 books. His Web-based preaching resource, Wikiletics.com, is the first open-source preaching resource on the Internet.

Dr. Sweet has served a term on the council of the American Society of Church History, was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion for ten years, and is a member of numerous professional groups. An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

DePauw's Mendenhall Lectures, which were inaugurated in 1913, were endowed by the Reverend Doctor Marmaduke H. Mendenhall. His desire was to enable the University to bring to campus "persons of high and wide repute, of broad and varied scholarship" to address issues related to the academic dialogue concerning Christianity. Although Mendenhall was a pastor in the North Indiana Annual Conference of what was then called the Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the parents of the United Methodist Church, he explicity dictated that lectures be selected without regard to denominational divisions. The endowment has allowed DePauw to bring theological and religious scholars of international repute to campus for nearly a century.

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