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King University News :: Author and Commentator Frederica Mathewes-Green to Speak at King University and Milligan College Sept. 15

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2014 – Frederica Mathewes-Green, author and correspondent, will speak at King University in the Memorial Chapel on Monday, Sept. 15 at 9:15 a.m. She will also speak at Milligan College at 7 p.m. in Hyder Auditorium and again on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium at Milligan’s Seeger Chapel at Milligan. The lectures are co-sponsored by Milligan College and Bristol Herald Courier.

“In a turbulent and quickly morphing age, Frederica Mathewes-Green seeks God on an ancient path in a modern land. Frederica's golden honey voice and her eloquent written offerings invite us into an understanding of Orthodoxy in America. The Buechner Institute, pleased to be working in collegial partnership with Milligan College, is pleased to bring Frederica Mathewes-Green to the area,” said Dr. Shannon Harris, chair of the History and Political Science Department and associate professor of History at King University.

Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, a commentator on the Hallmark TV network, a columnist for the Religion News Service,, and Christianity Today, wrote regular book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies, recorded a podcast for Ancient Faith Radio, and was a consultant for Veggie Tales.

“Frederica possesses a great gift in her writing and her speaking, the ability to bring deep truths and thought-provoking challenges with personal warmth, terrific story-telling, and a fine sense of humor,” said Jim Dahlman, associate professor of Communications at Milligan College. “Whether she's quoting ancient church fathers, introducing us to people she's met around town, or talking from her own experience, she always comes as an honest friend and a fellow pilgrim traveling on the road toward God. I'm thrilled that she's returning to this area.”

She has published nine books, including “The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God” (Paraclete, 2009), “Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy” (HarperCollins, 1997), and “The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation” (Paraclete, 2001). Mathewes-Green’s essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 700 essays.

Mathewes-Green grew up in Charleston, S.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 1974, and her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Virginia Episcopal Seminary in 1977. She was a certified natural childbirth educator from 1979-1988.

She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, Md., where he is pastor and she is “Khouria” (“Mother”) of the parish they founded, Holy Cross Orthodox Church. She has also been recording books for the blind with the Radio Reading Network of Maryland since 1997.

Frederica Mathewes-Green will speak in King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Sept. 15 at 9:15 a.m. and later that same evening in Milligan College’s Hyder Auditorium at 7 p.m. She will also speak at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium at Seeger Chapel. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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