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Malone University launches Center for Theology & Ministry with Friends Heritage Symposium

July 1, 2013 | Release # 6664

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts and Sciences' newly-opened Center for Theology & Ministry will be hosting the Friends Heritage Symposium as its inaugural event on Friday, July 19, from 1- 3:30 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

The program will be followed by a time of worship in preparation for the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region's yearly meeting, which begins June 20. The event is free and open to the public.

The Friends Heritage Symposium is a new academic forum born from the positive response generated by its antecedent, the 2012 EFC-ER Bicentennial Symposium. The symposium offers Malone University students, alumni, faculty, pastors and friends of the university the opportunity to present scholarly research on Friends history, with a special emphasis on the history and theology of Ohio Yearly Meeting and its successor, Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region.

This year's presentations are as follows:

  • Cory Janson, a 2013 graduate from Brewster: "Quaker and Puritan Interactions in the Massachusetts Bay Colony"
  • Julian Law, a 2013 graduate from Caldwell: "Quakers and Holiness Theology"
  • Gabriel Lopez, a 2013 graduate from Philadelphia, Penn.: "Evangelical Friends Mission in Guatemala"
  • Thomas Shaub, a senior from Akron: "Theology of the Inward Light"
  • Robert Vacik, a 2013 graduate from Chagrin Falls: "Ohio Yearly Meeting and Its Young People"
  • Amy Yuncker, archival librarian at Malone University: "Students as Teachers as Well as Preachers"

For more information, contact Bryan Hollon, Ph.D., director of the master of arts in theological studies, associate professor of theology, and director of the Center for Theology and Ministry; or Jacci Stuckey Welling, Ph.D., professor of history, at 330-471-8100.

The purpose for the Center for Theology & Ministry (CTM) is to support and strengthen Christian communities in Northeast Ohio by serving as a source for critical news, ideas and best practices, providing ongoing training and leadership development, and facilitating increased cooperation among area churches and other key institutions.

CTM will foster connections among individuals in our region interested in partnering with us in our mission of supporting and strengthening Christian communities in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The Center is focused on generating resources and facilitating discussions that will benefit churches and para-church organizations serving Christ for the glory of God and benefit of the world.

Bryan Hollon, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, and director of the Center, has served in pastoral ministry, is a specialist in the relationship between Christianity and culture, and has published the book, Everything is Sacred: Spiritual Exegesis in the Political Theology of Henri de Lubac (Wipf &Stock/Cascade, 2008), as well as essays and book reviews in a variety of academic journals.

For more information on CTM, please visit the following website: www.malonectm.com.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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