Rachel Held Evans Speaks at Eastern October 29 & 30


October 13, 2015, St. Davids, Pa: Eastern University will host New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans for speaking engagements on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th  in the Gymnasium on the St. Davids campus. The Thursday, October 29th engagement, titled The Misuse of Power in Gender Relations begins at 7 p.m. and will focus on the church and religious institutions. The Friday, October 30th engagement beginning at 10 a.m. is part of the Provost’s weekly Windows on the World lecture series and is titled Living the Questions. Both events are free and open to the public.

One of the greatest challenges of Christian life is confronting questions, uncertainty, and doubt with courage and integrity, particularly when controversial issues make us long for easy, black-and-white answers to tough questions. In the Living the Questions lecture, Rachel Held Evans shares candidly about her own journey through doubt and offers commiseration and practical guidance for following Jesus through rough spiritual terrain, even if it means following him down the dreaded “slippery slope.”

All first-year Eastern University students are reading Evans’ book Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew all the Answers Learned to Ask Questions as part of the first-year course, Introduction to Faith, Reason and Justice.  Director of Advising and First-Year Programs Amy Perez said of Evans’ visit to Eastern, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity for students to hear Rachel Held Evans in person.  As we read her book Faith Unraveled with all our first-year students, her voice is simultaneously challenging and comforting.  She is teaching us to ask hard questions, not as a path away from God, but as a path to deeper understanding and relationship with God.”

As a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger with over a quarter of a million visits to her blog each month Rachel has been interviewed on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com.

Evans’ additional two books are A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting On Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master and just released in April of 2015, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church.

As a speaker, Rachel’s content is well researched and accessible, her delivery fresh and funny. She speaks out of her own experience of growing up in a very conservative church tradition which led to a crisis of faith during her college years. She communicates with an appreciation for her foundation of faith while addressing an honest look at what Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus really says to us today.

Rachel is from Dayton, Tennessee, is a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan, and is happily married to her husband Dan.    

Eastern University is a Philadelphia Christian university of the arts and sciences located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern enrolls approximately 4,300 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, urban, Seminary and international programs. Its core values of faith, reason and justice are woven into all of its educational programs. For more information visit eastern.edu or contact Denise McMillan, Communications Director, 610-341-4365, dmcmill@eastern.edu

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