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Drury Kicks Off Convocation Series

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This school year marks the centennial celebration for Drury University’s School of Religion. KSMU’s Katie Easley has a preview of the departments’ annual Convocation Series, which has been specially designed this year to celebrate the department’s heritage.

This year’s Convocation Series theme is “Spirituality and Justice.” Drury’s Convocation Director, Peter Browning, says the idea behind it started in 1909.

“Drury is committed to celebrating all of the religious traditions that are a part of our community. We were founded as a non-sectarian religious school, which means we were welcoming of people not only from our founding denominations, but other denominations,” says Browning.

The schedule of events includes speakers and performers who have different beliefs on the topics of religion and justice.

The list includes a public speaker who will give a dramatic performance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches, as well as the former executive director of Amnesty, International USA.

“We’ve worked very hard to represent the diversity of religious expression and spiritual expression in the United States. We’ve worked to lift up a variety of justice issues,” says Browning.

The Convocation’s programs run until the end of April. They are held at Drury University in Claire Thompson Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley.

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