Chuck Colson To Speak Sunday, July 17, at Samford
Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-06-13
Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship and former aide to President Richard Nixon, will speak at Samford University Sunday, July 17, in a 7 p.m. event that is free and open to the public.
“An Evening with Chuck Colson” will present a commentary on today’s culture from a Christian world view. The program will be in Wright Center Concert Hall.
Colson founded the Prison Fellowship in 1976 after serving a prison sentence for obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal of the 1970s. The fellowship is the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, with ministry in 117 countries.
Colson, an attorney, served as special counsel to Nixon during 1969-73. He became a Christian in 1973, the same year he served seven months in Maxwell Federal Prison in Montgomery, Ala. In 1991 he launched BreakPoint, a nationwide radio commentary that provides a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends.
A frequent speaker and prolific author on Christian subjects, Colson has received 15 honorary doctorates and the 1993 Templeton Prize, the world’s largest prize in the field of religion worth more than a million dollars. Colson donated the prize money to further the work of the Prison Fellowship, as he does all his speaking fees and royalties.
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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.