Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Siebens Forum Hansen 8
Oct. 28, is set for the 2013 Dr. Robert and Barbara Tollefson Reformed Lecture Series hosted by Buena Vista University with guest lecturer Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. Dr. Nelson serves as Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C. The Office of Public Witness is a prophetic office of the denomination and implements the social justice agenda of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through advocacy with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
Dr. Nelson earned a B.A. in Political Science/Urban Studies in 1981. In 1985, he earned the Masters of Divinity degree (third generation graduate) from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary one of the ten members of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
J. Herbert, as he is commonly known, serves as preacher, workshop leader, consultant and writer. He is a featured conference preacher at Montreat, Mo Ranch, Highlands-Colorado and Massanetta Springs Conference Centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. His writings have appeared in Presbyterians Today and The Presbyterian Outlook. Nelson has traveled to South Africa (1983), Geneva, Switzerland (1992). Montego Bay, Jamaica (1993, 2007), and Havana, Cuba (1999, 2000) on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is now devoting considerable time to meeting with congregations and presbyteries throughout the United States.
Dr. Nelson’s ACES lecture at 3 PM is entitled "Challenging Compromised Political Leadership – A Time For Increased Citizen Impact on the Political Process." There will be another lecture (non-ACES) at 7 PM, entitled "Restoring Respectful Dialogue to the Political Process – A Model Based on Faith Values."