Norman Kansfield Will Deliver A.J. Muste
Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 4

Posted March 27, 2000

          HOLLAND -- Norman Kansfield, president of New   Brunswick Theological Seminary, will deliver the 15th A.J.   Muste Memorial Lecture at Hope College on Tuesday, April 4,   at 3:30 p.m. in Room 102 of VanderWerf Hall.

          The public is invited.  Admission is free.

          The A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture began in 1985 on   the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of A.J.   Muste, a 1905 graduate of Hope College.  Muste went on to   become one of the most well-known and influential peace   activists in the United States, working for many years as   the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

          Kansfield has been president and John Henry   Livingstone Professor of Theology at New Brunswick   Theological Seminary since 1993.  He is an especially   appropriate Muste Lecturer, according to lecture coordinator   Professor Donald Cronkite, since Muste attended New   Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1906 to 1909.

          Kansfield's lecture is titled "'Church' and   'Gospel:' A.J. Muste's Legacy for Today's Crucial   Conversations."  He is especially interested in Muste's   critique of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary that he   attended at the beginning of the century and some of the   inadequacies Muste found for preparing pastors for the world   they would encounter.  He will apply that critique to some   of the critical conversations the church is encountering at   the beginning of this new century.

          With degrees from Hope College, Western   Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary and the   University of Chicago, Kansfield began his career as a   pastor in New York and Illinois before becoming assistant   librarian and then librarian at Beardslee Library at Western   Theological Seminary from 1974 to 1983.  He then was   director of library services and associate professor of   church history at Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley   Hall/Crozier Theological Seminary and St. Bernard's   Institute before assuming the Presidency of New Brunswick   Theological Seminary in 1993.

          Following his graduation from New Brunswick   Theological Seminary in 1909, Muste was ordained a pastor in   the Reformed Church in America.  He served churches in New   York until he found himself in opposition to World War I and   resigned his pastorate in 1914.  There followed a span of   years in which Muste was a labor organizer and radical   socialist educator until 1936, when he returned to the   church after a religious experience in Paris.  From then   until his death in 1967, Muste worked in active opposition   to war.

          This year's Muste Lecture is supported by the A.J.   Muste Lectureship Fund, the Cultural Affairs Committee and   the Office of the Provost.


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