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Claflin University to Observe Annual Religious Emphasis Week Jan. 31-Feb.7

Jan 31, 2013

Claflin University will renew its annual tradition of spiritual revival during Religious Emphasis Week from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7.

“This week is a time for the Claflin University community to explore the value and richness of our religious traditions,” said University Chaplain Rev. Dr. Ken Walden.  “We intend to build upon that legacy and encourage everyone to experience this dynamic week.”

The week kicks off Thursday, Jan. 31 with the Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy.  Featured speakers include Gammon Theological Seminary President Dr. Albert Mosley and Rev. Jonathan Holston, bishop of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church.  There is a registration fee for the Academy.  Please call (803) 535-5186 to register or receive more details.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, Walden will lead and speak at a special worship service in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel at 9:30 a.m.  The next day in the Chapel at 6 p.m., Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon, senior pastor of  Trinity United Methodist Church and Rev. Genova McFadden, director of the Wesley Foundation, will each give a presentation on the religious experiences of the African American male and female.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 marks an opening reception for the Center for Faith and Public Life at 2 p.m. in Ministers’ Hall.  The Center will examine ways in which public life and faith intersect through a series of workshops, lectures and presentations.  It is being led by Rev. Dr. Johnny Hill, associate professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. 

That evening at 6 p.m. Rev. Telley Gadson, senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Sumter, will deliver a sermon in the Chapel.   

On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at noon, a Faith and Mental Health Public Lecture discussing religion’s role in mental health and the role of spirituality in counseling will be in the Orange and Maroon Room.  Rev. A.A. Dicks, senior pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Simpsonville, is scheduled to preach at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.

The week concludes Thursday, Feb. 7 with the launch of the National Endowment for the Humanities Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection at noon in the H.V. Manning Library.  Andrew Chapel Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Donald E. Green will give a 6 p.m. sermon later that day in the Chapel.

For more information on Religious Emphasis Week, please contact Walden by phone at (803) 535-5150 or by e-mail at

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