Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-16

Best-selling author Brennan Manning will speak at Samford University Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited.

Manning's popular books include The Ragamuffin Gospel: Embracing the Unconditional Love of God, Lion and Lamb/the Relentless Tenderness of Jesus and Stranger to Self-Hatred. 

A U.S. Marine during the Korean War, Manning later studied at a Catholic seminary and was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood. After some years spent in manual labor and nights of silent prayers as a member of an Order committed to a life among the poor, he established an experimental community in Bayou La Batre, Ala. He eventually felt God's call out of the Order, married and settled in New Orleans. He writes and preaches on God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ.

Manning's Samford lecture is presented as this year's Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures: New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World, established in memory of the Holley's and in honor of University Professor Dr. William E. Hull.


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.