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Lauren Winner is First Mondays Speaker Oct. 3

September 26, 2011

Lauren Winner is a child of a Jewish father and a “lapsed Southern Baptist” mother. Today, Winner is a convert to Christianity. Winner’s religious background and her study of both Judaism and Christianity provides her with a unique understanding of Christianity.

As part of the First Mondays Speaker Series, Winner will present two lectures at Dordt College on Monday, October 3. The first lecture, “At the Turning of the Year: What Christianity has to Learn from Judaism and Life with God,” will be held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 11 a.m. Winner will examine several spiritual practices that Judaism and Christianity share, and she will consider how Christian spirituality can be enriched by attentiveness to all that Judaism has to teach about what life lived in relationship to the God of Israel looks like.

Her second lecture, “I love to Tell the Story: Spiritual Memoir in the 21st Century,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center (S101). “In the church, we speak a lot about ‘testimony’ or ‘telling our story,’” Winner writes. Keeping this in mind, Winner will consider how contemporary spiritual memoirists have approached the task of telling this story; why spiritual memoir has been such a popular genre in recent years; and how we might get started on our own.

Winner is the author of several books including Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Girl Meets God. She has written articles and book reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. A graduate of Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, she holds a doctorate degree in history.

Winner is speaking as part of the 2011-12 First Mondays Lecture Series. Bringing biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion leaders to Dordt College, the First Mondays Lecture Series is designed to promote Dordt’s mission by providing through enriching academic experience to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ centered renewal.

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