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NNU to receive collection of Karl Barth works

January 19, 2017


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Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce a generous donation of Karl Barth materials. "Karl Barth is one of the most important theologians of the 20th Century, but not only was he an important theologian, he was also a devoted pastor,” says Dr. Brent Peterson, dean of NNU's School of Theology & Christian Ministries. This gift is given from the personal collection of Dr. Judith Brownell to honor the memory of her late husband, Professor Dale A. Brownell, and in gratitude for the friendship and guidance given to him by Dr. Franklin Cook. NNU will celebrate this donation with a public program on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Auditorium on the campus of NNU.

The program will feature a plenary address by Dr. John Drury, Barthian scholar and associate professor of theology at Wesleyan Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He will lecture on the importance of Karl Barth for Christianity, specifically in the Wesleyan tradition. Ms. Kaitlyn Dugan, the curator for the Center of Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, will also be in attendance.

Peterson explained, “These materials will be added to the archives of the NNU Leah Peterson Learning Commons and will be available for ongoing research. As dean of the School of Theology & Christian Ministries, I am very grateful for this gift—not simply to learn from Dr. Barth, but also to see how his theological acumen was joined with a deep pastoral love for people. It is also notable that many of the sermon manuscripts received were from sermons Dr. Barth preached in his local prison.”

Following the program on the evening of February 1, all guests are invited to a reception in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons where there will be refreshments and a display of some of the materials. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Bull at (208) 467-8609.