(February 4, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Christian Leadership Center Announces Events

Shreveport, La.—The Christian Leadership Center at Centenary College announces upcoming events that offer continuing education opportunities and graduate theological study opportunities to members of the College and the community. These events include:

On Sunday, Feb. 15, America's foremost Christian ethicist and Attaway Scholar, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, will deliver the keynote address entitled "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?" at the 3rd Annual Christian Leadership Center Fundraising Dinner. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Common Street, in Shreveport. For ticket information call 318.869.5156 or register online.

On Monday, Feb. 16, Dr. Hauerwas will deliver a lecture entitled "War and the American Difference" beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kilpatrick Auditorium, located on the Centenary College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In cooperation with the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the CLC will host basic graduate-level theology courses for those seeking ordination, certification, growth in ministry and graduate level experience. The course "Church and Society" will be offered Fridays and Saturdays on Feb. 6/7, Feb. 20/21 and March 13/14. Friday classes meet from 1-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, call 318.869.5029.

The Christian Formation Conference takes place March 5-7 on the Centenary College campus. This unique conference will be co-hosted by the Christian Center at Centenary College, First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, and First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. Author and spiritual director Wendy Miller will be the featured keynote speaker. Participants will experience and learn about the labyrinth, lectio divina, prayer stations, spiritual direction, prayer ministries, men's ministry, life transitions, the art of storytelling, Christian formation for the family, spirituality and the arts, and more. For more information or to register, call 318.869.5256 or visit http://www.centenary.edu/clc/formation.

"The Gospel of Mark Alive" takes place Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Kilpatrick Auditorium on the Centenary College campus. Hosted by both the CLC and Broadmoor United Methodist Church, the Gospel of Mark Alive is a live storytelling performance by Rev. Bert Marshall, New England Regional Director for Church World Service, the international disaster relief and economic development agency. Hear Mark's whole mysterious, enigmatic story from beginning to end as it may have been told in the early years of the Jesus movement, before the rise of institutional Christianity and experience the power of Mark's gripping tale through the medium of oral tradition.

For more information on these events or the Christian Leadership Center at Centenary College, call 318.869.5156 or e-mail email.

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 celebrated 100 years in the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.