Staley Lecture series begins Jan. 28

Brenda Salter McNeil

WILMORE, KY— Asbury College welcomes Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Dr. Diane Murphy for the Staley Distinguished Lecture Series Jan. 28-30. This year’s series is titled “A Kairos Moment: The God-Ordained Time for Intercultural Competency.”

McNeil has more than 20 years experience in intercultural competency. Her biblically based messages raise awareness, ignite vision and inspire action. Dr. McNeil holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She served as the regional coordinator of multiethnic training of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a national evangelical organization that supports Christian outreach to young adults on college and university campuses. She is the founder and president of Salter McNeil & Associates, LLC, an intercultural competency consulting and leadership development firm based in Chicago. McNeil co-authored The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change (InterVarsity Press, 2005). Her newest book, A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (InterVarsity Press), releases this spring. Through her speaking, teaching and writing, McNeil boldly declares a vision that unites people. She and her husband, Dr. J. Derek McNeil, have two children.

Dr. Diane Murphy is an intercultural relations specialist with Salter McNeil & Associates. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, an M.S. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. Murphy was a professor at Northern Illinois University, Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), Whitworth College (Spokane, Wash.), San Diego State University and Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. She was an assistant to the president of Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) for special projects including work in advancement and intercultural relations. She also assisted her husband, Rev. Dr. Bruce Murphy, who served as a pastor for 12 years. Murphy completed Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach® spiritual retreat program as well as a yearlong program in spiritual formation associated with Seattle University. She served as an elder at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle and the American Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. She and Bruce have two children, three grandchildren and reside in Seattle.


Jan. 28
10 a.m. Chapel, Hughes Auditorium, “What Time Is It?”

Jan. 29
8 a.m. Leadership Council Session, Kinlaw Library Board Room, “Leading Change Toward Intercultural Competency for Such a Time as This”

11 a.m. Faculty and Professional Staff Lunch Forum, Cafeteria Gray Room, “Building Bridges, Crossing Cultures: Steps to Intercultural Competency”

7 p.m. Teacher Educators for Learning & Leading (TELL), Meeting, Reasoner 214

9 p.m. Student Forum, Grille, A student-led discussion on the intercultural competency of the Asbury College student body.

Jan. 30
10 a.m. Chapel, Hughes Auditorium,“Remember Who You Are”

4 p.m. Allelon Intercultural Programs Student Leadership, Council and U.S. Ethnic Minority Student Meeting, Kinlaw Library Board Room

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Program is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation, established in the fall of 1969 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley of Rye, New York, in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H.H. Haynes of Bristol, Tenn. The Thomas F. Staley Foundation is firmly persuaded that the message of the Christian gospel, when proclaimed in its historic fullness, is always contemporary, relevant and meaningful to any generation. To this end, the Foundation seeks to bring to the college and university campuses of America distinguished scholars who truly believe and can clearly communicate the Christian gospel to students.

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