Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-13

Dr. Stephanie Paulsell, author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice, will present the inaugural Marie NeSmith Fowler Lecture in Christianity, Women and Leadership Studies at Samford University Monday, April 18.

The public is invited free of charge to the 7 p.m. lecture in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.

Dr. Paulsell, associate dean for ministry studies at Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is coeditor of The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher.

Honoring the Body, part of the best-selling "Practices of Faith" series, draws on Christian and Jewish scriptures and traditions to offer guidance for cherishing the human body and countering corrosive cultural messages.

The lecture series honors Mrs. Fowler, of Hartselle, a Samford graduate, pharmacist and longtime church and community leader. It supports the mission of the Christian Women's Leadership Center, a joint venture of Samford and the Woman's Missionary Union, in providing learning opportunities for women to realize the fullest measure of their gifts in all areas of human endeavor.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.