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Notes of Interest and Upcoming Events

February 17, 2012

The school where I am employed, Mount Olive College, is located in the booming metropolis of Mount Olive, North Carolina. If you haven’t eaten many pickles or driven through the backroads of eastern North Carolina, you’ve probably never heard of the town or the college. Therefore, you can imagine my amazement yesterday at finding a BBC story about Haitian immigrants who have relocated right here to our tiny town.  Take a moment to watch the video.

Also, if you do find yourself in or around Mount Olive anytime soon, there are two upcoming events about which you might want to be aware. The first is our second annual Faith and Rural Life Conference, sponsored by The Mount Olive Area Ministerial Association, the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and several other regional, faith-based organizations. The event will be held on Februray 27, 2012 on the campus of Mount Olive College. This year we will have keynote addresses from Steve Troxler, Fred Bahnson, and Billy Ray Hall, along with a number of workshops.

The college will also be hosting our annual Vivian B. Harrison Lectures on March 26-27, 2012. This is always a great event. Last year we had Dr. Kavin Rowe of Duke University Divinity School. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Her talks will be centered around the topic of “Christians in the Public Square.” Admission is free to the public. We invite you to come out and join us.

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