Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 6, 2004

Atlanta-Based Urban Ministries Expert to Give Presentations at Whitworth

Robert Lupton, Ph.D., a Christian community developer in Atlanta, Ga., who brings together communities of resource with communities of need, will present two Feb. 19 lectures at Whitworth College. During a luncheon presentation, Lupton will discuss his experiences in Christian-community development in Atlanta and will share how Spokane residents can create similar communities. The luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. in the Hixson Union Building, conference rooms A, B and C, at Whitworth. Admission is free; seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call (509) 777-4269.

Also on Feb. 19, Lupton will present an Entrepreneur Speakers Series lecture, "Entrepreneurism in Urban Inner-City Development," which will take place from 3:15-4:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building, conference rooms A, B and C, at Whitworth. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3242.

Lupton is founder and president of Family Consultation Service (FCS) Urban Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, and has invested the past 32 years of his life working to strengthen Atlanta's inner-city communities. After serving in Vietnam, Lupton left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. He and his wife, Peggy, sold their suburban home and, along with their two sons, moved to the inner city, where they have lived as neighbors and served those in need. Their life's work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Through FCS Urban Ministries, Lupton has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multiracial church congregations, started several businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. To learn more about FCS Urban Ministries, please visit www.fcsministries.org.

Lupton is the author of the books Theirs Is the Kingdom (1989, Harper & Row) and Return Flight, and the widely circulated monthly newsletter Urban Perspectives: Reflections on the Gospel, Grace and the City, in which Lupton shares his perspectives on the gospel and the poor. Lupton has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia.

Lupton's luncheon presentation is sponsored by Whitworth's Lives of Commitment Program, funded by a $1 million grant from the M. J. Murdock Foundation. In its third year, the program provides courses, mentoring, guest lectures and other resources to help students connect their worldview convictions to the personal and professional decisions they make after graduation.

Lupton's Entrepreneur Speakers Series lecture is part of Whitworth's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program, which was recently established with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation. The on-campus speaker series provides Whitworth students and faculty, and members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region.

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:

Maren Anderson, interim assistant, Murdock Lives of Commitment Grant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4269 or manderson@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, Herbert Jones Grant coordinator, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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