By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer
The Wimberly School of Religion will host a special lecture featuring Marilyn Oden courtesy of the Lemon family.
The Lemon family donates to help fund the special lectures hosted on campus.
Oden is an award-winning author who has published 11 books. She has had life experiences across six different continents and has interacted with different types of people including women in prison, royalty, refugees, prime ministers, and presidents.
Oden’s topic is Dancing with THE Word. She will go through the awareness of the sacredness of the present. She is inviting people to dance daily to the music and Mystery of God’s Presence in the present.
Oden will speak March 5.
A Dance of Discovery will be at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Spirit of Grace Liturgical dancers will perform, and it will serve more as a worship service.
“Being a part of the Spirit of Grace Liturgical dance company provides dancers the wonderful opportunity to be expressive with movement and share their joy of dance with the OCU community,” said Megan Chizek, dance performance senior.
A Dance of Discernment will be at 2:30 p.m. in Watson Lounge, where Oden will speak more specifically about her topic.
Creative Writing on Spiritual Themes will be at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.
Oden will be joined by staff member Marc DiPaolo, associate professor of English and published author, and Adam Shahan, OCU alumni and published author who serves as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Moore, to host a seminar-style discussion on writing.
“We hope the writing seminar will be inspirational to our students who are inspired to write, in particular to spiritual themes,” said the Rev. Rodney Newman, director of religious life. “I think it’s something every student could benefit from.”
Each part of the lecture will have a different elements from worship, hands on activities, discussion and entertainment.
These lectures are open to everyone on campus and off campus.
“We would like anyone who is interested,” Newman said. “Everyone is invited to come, free of charge.”