Religion in Life Lectures

Religion and spirituality reach many different aspects of our lives. We’ve developed different lecture series throughout the year to talk about these different aspects. Whether we’re focusing on very concrete examples of how religion affects politics or more open-ended questions of what’s important in life, the lectures are a chance to open a dialog about religion in life.

L.D. Johnson Lecture Series

Compassion, adventure, education, love. What really matters? That was the question L.D. Johnson encouraged the Furman community to think about during his time as chaplain. After his death in 1981 we established the L.D. Johnson Lecture Series to honor his memory and continue asking our community to consider who we are and what we’re about. Each semester a Furman professor or alum will give a lecture explaining what really matters. Don’t miss the next L.D. Johnson Lecture Series.

World Religions Symposium

Religion isn’t just about faith. It’s also about culture, politics, sociology, history, and identity. We started the World Religion Symposium in 2012 as a way to bring together the various the disciplines that study, practice, and engage the world's religions. Our goal is to bring some of the finest scholars and thoughtful practitioners of a faith to campus to talk about the political and cultural issues surrounding their faith. Learn more about this year's Symposium.​

Hesburgh Lectures

We're always looking for ways to enrich our religious and spiritual discussion with new and diverse ways of thinking. The Hesburgh Lectures, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, helps us bring in speakers from outside the Furman community to start discussion on everything from "Religion, Spirituality, and Health" to how different religions coexisted in Medieval Spain. Find the next Hesburgh Lecture.

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