Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-16

Best-selling author Brennan Manning will speak at Samford University Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited.

Manning's popular books include The Ragamuffin Gospel: Embracing the Unconditional Love of God, Lion and Lamb/the Relentless Tenderness of Jesus and Stranger to Self-Hatred. 

A U.S. Marine during the Korean War, Manning later studied at a Catholic seminary and was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood. After some years spent in manual labor and nights of silent prayers as a member of an Order committed to a life among the poor, he established an experimental community in Bayou La Batre, Ala. He eventually felt God's call out of the Order, married and settled in New Orleans. He writes and preaches on God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ.

Manning's Samford lecture is presented as this year's Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures: New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World, established in memory of the Holley's and in honor of University Professor Dr. William E. Hull.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.