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Bonnie Thurston, poet, author, and theologian, will speak at both King University
and the Bristol Public Library on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 as part of the Buechner Institute
Lecture Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.
“Whether reflecting upon her West Virginia mountains, the troubled streets of Jerusalem,
or the quiet depths of the human heart, Bonnie Thurston explores the contours of sacred
space with the eye of a scholar and the heart of a poet, said Timothy Ross, minister
at Hopwood Christian Church in Milligan College, Tenn., and member of the Buechner
Institute’s Governing Board.
Through the years, Thurston has written or edited 20 books and over one-hundred articles.
Her works include: “The Spiritual Landscape of Mark,” “For God Alone: A Primer on
Prayer,” and “Belonging to Borders: A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition.”
“Bonnie Thurston is that rare theologian who is also a poet. This volume, redolent
of the Celtic world of saints and sacred places, combined with a Hopkinesque response
to the natural world, is a book to be savored,” said Lawrence Cunningham, Professor
of Theology at University of Notre Dame, in a review of Thurston’s “Belonging to Borders:
A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition.”
Thurston’s scholarly interests in New Testament include the gospels of Mark and John,
the history of Christian spirituality and prayer. She wrote her doctoral dissertation
on Thomas Merton and is an internationally known Merton scholar. Ordained in 1984,
she has served as co-pastor, pastor, or interim of five churches and twice in overseas
A native of West Virginia, Thurston currently resides in Wheeling, W.Va. She earned
her Bachelor of Arts in English with First Honors from Bethany College, and her Master
of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Until
2002, Thurston held the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh
Bonnie Thurston will speak on “Why Poetry Matters: Beyond the Humanities Requirement”
at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel, and on “The Poetry of Borders:
Appalachian and Celtic,” that same evening at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library.
Both events are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact
Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.
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