The Office of Spiritual Life’s Religion in Life lectures bring scholars, experts, activists, and professionals from across the country to discuss contemporary issues affecting persons of faith, related to religion and spirituality, and from a diversity of perspectives. As a part of The Furman Advantage, the Religion in Life lectures are one way the Office of Spiritual Life encourages student self-discovery and self-reflection, connecting where students’ hearts and minds are growing in classes and conversations, with their spiritual selves. Religion in Life tackles a diversity of important issues for students and in the larger world, cultivating students’ intellectual growth and self-knowledge, both in service to others and in pursuit of wholeness.

Religion in Life Lectures

Cole Arthur Riley: November 7, 2023, 6:30pm in Daniel Chapel. No RSVP required.

Matt Martens: “Does Christianity Care About Social Justice?” February 26, 2024, 7:30pm* in Daniel Chapel. No RSVP required.
*Please note time change to 7:30pm instead of 6:30pm start time.

Barbara Brown Taylor: March 12, 2024, 6:30pm in Daniel Chapel. No RSVP required. Co-sponsored by the Cothran Center.

L.D. Johnson Lecture Series

Compassion, adventure, education, love. What really matters? That was the question L.D. Johnson encouraged the Furman community to think about during his time as a chaplain. After his death in 1981, we established the L.D. Johnson Lecture Series to honor his memory and continue asking our community to consider who we are and what we’re about. Each semester a Furman professor or alum will give a lecture explaining what really matters. These lectures are open to the local community to attend free of charge.

Stephen Gusukuma: November 2, 2023, 6:30pm in Daniel Chapel. No RSVP required.

Christina Henderson: “What Really Matters: Cultivating Community the Works” March 19, 2024, 6:30pm in Daniel Chapel. No RSVP required.