Posted by Sean Flynt on 2014-10-01

In addition to presenting Samford University’s 2014 Davis Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, The Hidden Gifts of Helping author Stephen G. Post will lead a free workshop for ministers 12-3 p.m. that afternoon. Anyone in pastoral ministry is invited to attend the workshop, which is co-sponsored by the Samford Center for Science and Religion and Beeson Divinity School.  

During the workshop Post will discuss a number of topics related to pastoral ministry, including scientific perspectives on love, happiness, and the power of compassion, and the challenge of illness and aging. The workshop will include a free lunch catered by Saw’s BBQ.  

RSVP to or (205) 726-2940  

Stephen G. Post is professor of preventive medicine and founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Among his many other prestigious appointments, he is a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion at Cambridge University. He founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which engages in the scientific study of self-giving and altruistic love.

Post is well known to many as the author of the popular books The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving. He also has written eight scholarly books, edited nine others and is the primary author of nearly 200 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including Science, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet. He served as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, the most influential reference work in the field. 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.