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Author of Toxic Charity to speak on campus Feb. 17

Bob Lupton

Bob Lupton

Dr. Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and founder of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, will deliver the Peggy and Ed Good Lecture at Furman University Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Hartness Pavilion.

Lupton’s talk, “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It,” is free and open to the public.  It is presented by the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at Furman.

Copies of his book, Toxic Charity, will also be available for purchase and signing.

A Christian community developer who brings together communities of resource with communities of need, Lupton has worked in urban Atlanta for more than four decades.  Through FCS Urban Ministries, he has developed two mixed income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregation, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in the community.

Lupton’s other books include Theirs is the Kingdom, Renewing the City, and Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor.  He has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia and regularly speaks with groups around the country about his work and writings.

Each year, the Peggy and Ed Good Lectureship brings nationally and internationally significant theologians, public servants, thinkers and writers to the Furman campus.

For more information, contact the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at 864-294- 2427 or

Last updated February 8, 2015
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