(September 5, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Presents "The Shack: A Community Conversation"

The Shack

SHREVEPORT, La.—Centenary College and the Christian Leadership Center present "The Shack: A Community Conversation" Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Kilpatrick Auditorium from 6 until 7:30 p.m.

Join members of the community at a roundtable discussion of William P. Young's blockbuster novel, The Shack, and the theological questions raised in the book. The evening begins with a brief panel discussion featuring Barbara Jarrell of All-Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Rafe Semmes of Springs of Grace Baptist Church, and Mark Sorensen of First United Methodist in Shreveport. The audience will then be invited to join the panel discussion.

For a complete listing of CLC events, visit the CLC website. For more information on this event or upcoming events, contact Jennifer Strange, continuing education coordinator at 318.869.5256 or email.

About The Shack

The Shack is a book that seeks to provide answers to the always timely question "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" It's a tale that revolves around Mack (Mackenzie) Philips. Four years before the story begins, Mack's young daughter, Missy, was abducted during a family vacation. Though her body was never found, the police did find evidence in an abandoned shack to prove that she had been brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer who preyed on young girls.

As the story begins, Mack, who has been living in the shadow of his Great Sadness, receives a note from God (known in this story as Papa). Papa invites Mack to return to this shack for a time together. Though uncertain of what to expect, Mack visits the scene of the crime and there experiences a weekend-long encounter with God, or, more properly, with the Godhead.
........Tim Challies, Boundless Webzine

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.