The Rev. Kaye Edwards ’70 will deliver two lectures in Lynchburg this month, the Turner-Warren Lecture on Life and Faith and the Jenny Cutler Shumate Lecture in Christian Ministry.
Edwards, a native of Paris, Kentucky, is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). From its earliest days, the University of Lynchburg has maintained an association with the denomination, since it was through the support of Disciples of Christ ministers and businessmen that the University was established as Virginia Christian College in 1903.
Edwards and her late husband, David Edwards ’70, were once ministers at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lynchburg. They also served as pastors at Church of the Covenant in Lynchburg, where Edwards started the Common Grounds Café, which raises money for local nonprofits. More recently, Edwards retired after serving 17 years as director of family and children’s ministry for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, where she now lives.
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, Edwards will give the annual Turner-Warren Lecture on Life and Faith at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located at 3109 Rivermont Ave. Her topic is “Searching for the Essential Oneness in All,” described as an “exploration of how science is helping us to better understand who God is and to better understand our relationship with God, one another, and all of creation.”
At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, she will deliver the annual Jenny Cutler Shumate Lecture in Christian Ministry at the University of Lynchburg’s Snidow Chapel. Her talk, “Our Lives as Living Bridges,” is described as “a reflection of our need to appreciate and cooperate with nature in order to continue our rightful place in the ever-expanding and evolving cosmos.”
Both events are free and open to the public. At both lectures, Edwards also will promote her late husband’s 2019 memoir, “What Belongs to God: Reflections on Peacemaking by a Conscientious Objector.”
The book, as described on Amazon.com, “explains core values found in Jewish and Christian scriptures that call us toward a nonviolent life and a love that embraces the stranger, including one’s enemy.”
For more information about the lectures, contact the Spiritual Life Center at email@example.com or 434.544.8348.