AU’s Faith and Society Lecture to Feature Author Jenell Paris

AU’s Faith and Society Lecture to Feature Author Jenell Paris

3/27/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Author Jenell Paris, who works to equip Christians to better engage divisive issues, will speak as part of Ashland University’s Faith and Society Lecture to be held Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Paris will speak on “The Good News About Conflict: Transforming Religious Struggle Over Homosexuality.”

Paris is professor of Anthropology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. She has published two books about LGBT issues, one titled “The End of Sexual Identity,” and the other “The Good News About Conflict.”

Paris works to help equip Christians to better engage divisive issues, and even sees divisive issues as opportunities for deepening faith and discipleship. She also has written books and articles about urban ministry, the spirituality of teaching and faith development resources.

Paris teaches anthropology courses from the introductory level through qualitative research methods and senior undergraduate research. She lives down the street from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., with her husband James and their three sons.

This is the fourth lecture in the Faith and Society Lecture Series, which is designed to give AU students the ability to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society. The Hilda Bretzlaff Foundation is the lead sponsor for this year.

“The Faith and Society Lecture Series is intended as open and welcoming public forums where members of the Ashland University community can hear nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith intersects with different dimensions of society,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We believe this lecture series fulfills part of our objectives for helping students understand how faith and moral behaviors can bring potential solutions to many difficult issues.

“Our hope is these lectures will demonstrate the relevance and truth of the Christian faith as well as generate a thoughtful response in our students, faculty, staff and community,” he added.

Those with questions can contact Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy, at or 419.606.0197.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###