Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2003

Whitworth's Soden to Speak on 'Discerning God's Call'
at Trinity Lutheran Commencement

Dale Soden, professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth College, will be the keynote speaker for Trinity Lutheran College's 2003 commencement ceremony on June 7 in Issaquah, Wash. Soden, who also has served on the board of trustees of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary since 1995, will speak on "Discerning God's Call in an Uncertain World."

Trinity is a private and independent Lutheran college founded in 1944 as an arm of the Minneapolis-based Lutheran Bible Institute. The college shares Whitworth's commitment to rigorous intellectual inquiry and faith formation within the context of a Christ-centered community of scholars.

Soden received his bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Washington. He began his teaching career at Pacific Lutheran University, continuing at Oklahoma Baptist University, and has been a member of the Department of Politics & History at Whitworth College, in Spokane, since 1985; he currently holds the title of professor of history.

In addition to service as the director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Soden is special assistant to the president for strategic planning and has directed the five-year strategic-planning process that has contributed to Whitworth's record enrollment, retention and graduation rates, high academic profile, facilities improvements, and other recent institutional milestones.

Soden has published The Reverend Mark Matthews: Activist in the Progressive Era (University of Washington Press, 2001) and A Venture of Mind and Spirit: An Illustrated History of Whitworth College (Whitworth College, 1990), as well as nearly 20 scholarly articles on the role of religion in the Pacific Northwest. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award both at Oklahoma Baptist University and at Whitworth College.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Dale Soden, professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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