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Weber Lecture to explore changing nature of American religious life

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Bill J. Leonard will present, "Permanent Transition: Religious Diversity, Denominations and Spirituality in a New Century," on March 9, 2001, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Bahnson Center at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem. The program, free and open to the public, is part of the annual Weber lecture series.

The lecture will focus on the impact of religious pluralism, changes in denominational systems and trends for the future. For many families, multiple religious traditions are the norm and people of faith want to know how all these traditions relate. This lecture will examine the changing nature of American religious life.

Bill J. Leonard is dean of Wake Forest Divinity School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has served as chair of the department of religion and philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He has also written or edited 13 books including The Nature of the Church, Becoming Christian: Dimensions of Spiritual Formation and the Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies.

The sons of Rev. Christian O. Weber and his wife, Dorothy Pfohl Weber established the Weber Memorial Lectures in 1950 in memory of their parents. The lectures will be held in the Bahnson Center, 60 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Theological Seminary at (610) 861-1519.