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Multi-Faith Council Lecture to focus on Restorative Justice

Bethlehem, Pa., October 30, 2006—The Rev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver, Jr., distinguished theologian, ethicist, and author will be the guest lecturer at Moravian College on Tuesday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m., in room 102, at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, main campus. He will address restorative justice and new facets of criminal justice that encourage community participation and the reconciliation of victim and perpetrator.

Shriver is widely respected for his work in combining Christian ethics with politics in the academic setting, and “compels us to question how best to deal with the past in order better to shape the future.”  Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German minister who was executed for his actions against the Nazi regime, was a major influence on Shriver’s philosophy.

Shriver is president emeritus and professor of applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and author of Rich Man, Poor Man: Moral Issues in American Economic Life and Forgiveness and Politics: The Case of the American Black Civil Rights Movement and is co-author of Altered Landscapes: Churches in a Changing America.

During his tenure as president and William E. Dodge professor of applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary, Shriver established the Bonhoeffer professorship.  He also served as a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin from January until May 1999, and worked on a follow-up project to his 1995 book, An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics, that argues the importance of honesty to the public when discussing the Nazi regime in Germany and apartheid in South Africa.

Shriver’s books include: Beyond Success: Corporations and their Critics in the Nineties (1991), Altered Landscapes: Churches in a Changing America (1989), and Forgiveness and Politics: The Case of the American Civil Rights Movement (1987).  Other works are articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Century, The Harvard Business Review, Religion in Life and Theology Today.

The lecture is sponsored by the Multi-Faith Council and the Arts and Lecture Committee at Moravian College.  It is free and open to the public. The Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex is located at the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem.  If there is a large turnout, the lecture site will be moved to Prosser Auditorium located across Monocacy Street in the Haupert Union Building.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.