Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2008

Whitworth's Annual Heritage Week Feb. 5-16 to Highlight Integration of Faith and Politics

Heritage Week 2008 marks the 118th anniversary of Whitworth's founding, on Feb. 20, 1890. In keeping with the fact that this year's Heritage Week falls in the heart of the U.S. presidential primary season, the week's theme is "Integration of Faith and Politics." Events include lectures by Robert Mitchell, former president of Young Life and former vice president of World Vision, and Darrell Guder, former Whitworth academic dean and current dean of Princeton Theological Seminary; an alumni panel discussion on political engagement; a Gospel Explosion performance; and an art-show opening. Members of the Spokane community are invited to join Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni for Heritage Week events. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Robert Mitchell's lecture, "When the Scriptures Come Alive – An Introduction to Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures)," will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Mitchell is the former president of Young Life and the former vice president of United States Ministries for World Vision. He received his B.S. in physics from Wheaton College in 1949 and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Eastern College in 1984.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Darrell Guder will present "The Missional Church in the Public Square: Challenges for the 21st Century" in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Guder served as academic dean at Whitworth and is now dean of academic affairs and the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg.

Following is information about other Whitworth Heritage Week events (for complete events details, visit www.whitworth.edu/heritageweek):

  • Thursday, Feb. 7

    Founder's Day Convocation
    11 a.m., Cowles Auditorium
    Each semester begins with Founder's Day Convocation, which features music and worship, faculty in academic regalia, and an opportunity to honor top students. Whitworth President Bill Robinson and campus historian and history professor Dale Soden will speak. Honorary degrees will be bestowed upon Darrell Guder and Robert Mitchell.

  • Friday, Feb. 8

    Eleventh annual Gospel Explosion
    7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium
    Local choirs join Whitworth students in a show featuring singing, mime and stepping, as well as Christian rap and poetry.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12

    Art Exhibit and Lecture: "Robert Grimes: Paintings and Mixed Media Works"
    Reception: 5-7 p.m.; artist's lecture: 7 p.m.
    Koehler Gallery, Fine Arts Building
    Born and raised in Colorado, Robert Grimes graduated from Indiana University in 1967 with an MFA in sculpture. Since then he has worked as an instructor, a designer, a jeweler, an illustrator, and always as an active fine artist. The exhibit runs through March 20.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13

    Panel Discussion on Political Engagement
    7 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre
    Join alumni who have chosen careers in politics as they discuss ways to evaluate and integrate our worldviews and our political decisions.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of more than 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Tad Wisenor, director, annual giving, alumni, parent and church relations, Whitworth University (509) 777-4401 or twisenor@whitworth.edu.

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

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