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Religion briefs for Sept. 29

Religion briefs for Sept. 29
Published: September 29, 2012

Oklahoma City University will host three presentations Thursday for the annual Willson Lectures. The theme is “The Native American Gospel.”

All lectures are free to the public and will be in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on NW 23, between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

Bishop Steven Charleston, an American Indian, is the featured speaker. He is visiting professor of Native American Ministries at St. Paul School of Theology at OCU. He has served as president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and as bishop of the Episcopal Church in Alaska. Most recently, Charleston has served as interim dean at St. Paul's Cathedral in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation.

Charleston's lectures will include “The Old Testament of Native America” at 1 p.m., “The Tribes of Israel/The Tribes of America: A Spiritual Economy” at 3 p.m. and “The Covenant of Kinship” at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 208-5020 or go to

OC plans lecture events

Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang will deliver the eighth annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University on Friday.

The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. in Judd Theatre at the university, 2501 E Memorial Road. A panel discussion and free book-signing reception will follow.

Hwang received a Tony Award for the 1998 production of “M Butterfly,” a drama inspired by the music of Puccini. The play starred John Lithgow and B.D. Wong on Broadway, with the cast later including Anthony Hopkins. The 1993 film starred Jeremy Irons. Hwang's most recent work to be performed on Broadway is “Chinglish,” a satirical look at the use of English in business communication between Western and Chinese enterprises. He received the prestigious Steinberg Award for American Drama this year.

The McBride Lecture will serve as the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, which brings scholars from five surrounding states to the university for panel discussions by scholars and for student research presentations.

Lecture seating can be reserved at