Dordt College News

University of Toronto chaplain to speak at First Mondays Speaker Series

February 18, 2011

Brian Walsh, Christian Reformed Church chaplain at the University of Toronto and author of several books, will be speaking at Dordt College on Monday, March 7, as part of the First Mondays Speaker Series.

Having spent over 20 years in campus ministry through Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Reformed Church, Walsh has developed a deep passion for mentoring students toward a radical discipleship with Jesus Christ. His University of Toronto ministry focuses mainly on meeting the spiritual needs of graduate students. Walsh also teaches graduate level courses on postmodernity, theology of culture, and homelessness at the Toronto School of Theology’s Wycliffe College. Walsh has written and co-authored several books, including Subversive Christianity, Truth is Stranger than It Used to Be, and The Transforming Vision. He earned a Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

For the First Mondays Speaker Series, Walsh’s morning lecture “All the People Marching Home” will be held at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Walsh will present a retelling of the creation, fall, and redemption narrative as a story of home, homelessness, and homecoming. He will do so in creative conversation with Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s “Santiago Dawn” at the beginning of the talk and with U2’s “Walk On” at the end. Dordt’s worship team will perform “Walk On.”

His evening presentation, “Whoever it was that brought me here, will have to take me home,” offers a multidimensional understanding of homelessness. Walsh suggests that any attempt to address the crisis of homelessness that doesn’t go beyond shelter—“as important as shelter is,” he says—will be short-sighted and short-lived. He will begin the presentation with Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph’s “Whoever it was that brought me here, will have to take me home” and end with Irish rock group U2’s “Where the streets have no name.” It will take place at 7:30 p.m. in S101 of the Science and Technology Center.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings biblically-based thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission through enriching academic experience to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in contemporary life.

This event is free and open to the public. Dordt College, a Reformed Christian college, is located at 498 Fourth Ave. NE in Sioux Center, Iowa.

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