10/24/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Scholar, educator and minister Dan McClain will deliver the 2019 Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology at Ashland University on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.
McClain's lecture, “Beyond the Wardrobe: Using the Imagination to Form the Spiritual Lives of Children”, will draw on his research in the areas of youth work, children's literature and theology. He will speak in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, 400 College Ave.
“We invited Dan to speak because the spiritual formation of children and students was of central importance in the lives and ministries of Don and Jan Rinehart," said AU Religion Department chair Peter Slade. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Office of Christian Ministry, Department of Religion.
McClain is the Episcopal chaplain at the College of William & Mary, associate rector at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York. A priest in the Episcopal Church, he earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America and has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Eastern University.
Since 2011, McClain has taught courses on children’s literature and spirituality at the George Washington University, Loyola University Maryland, and the General Theological Seminary. He is currently writing Theology and Children’s Literature: A Brief Introduction, and with Matthew Tapie edited Reading Scripture as a Political Act (Fortress, 2014).
The Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology is an annual endowed public lecture honoring the memory and continuing the work of Dr. Don Rinehart who, in his 46 years of teaching at Ashland, inspired generations of students.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###