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Author Marilyn Chandler McEntyre to speak at King University and Central Presbyterian Church March 20

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 14, 2017 The King University Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes Marilyn Chandler McEntyre on Monday, March 20 for the Institute’s 2016-17 Lecture Series. McEntyre will speak on “Called to Clarity: Staying on Course in a Discourse of Confusion” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel and on “Poetry, Politics and Spiritual Practice” at 7 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, Va. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

Marilyn McEntyre is a poet, author, and teacher. She connects Christian faith with food, and care for the earth and its creatures. She does important work on noticing public discourse; her book “Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies,” published in 2009, is a classic and powerful work on the stewardship of language. Marilyn McEntyre is committed to finding new ways for us to live together on a planet that needs healing.

Shannon Harris, director of King’s Institute for Faith and Culture, states, “Marilyn is a lovely writer, a unique thinker, and an engaging speaker. I have heard Marilyn speak several times and she never fails to captivate with her eloquence and the beauty of her content.”

A writer and professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, McEntyre’s writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Weavings, Sojourners, Prism, Conversations, Christianity Today, Academic Medicine, Medical Humanities, Literature and Medicine, and a variety of other publications. A scholar and retreat leader, she has also received numerous teaching awards.

Recently, Marilyn McEntyre has been exploring end of life care and what it is like to lose those we love. She explores these themes in “A Faithful Farewell” and “A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love.” Her book, “What’s in a Phrase? — Pausing where Scripture Gives You Pause,” received a Christianity Today 2015 book award.” In 2016, Marilyn published “Word by Word: a Daily Spiritual Practice, which has been lauded for its poetic content.”

McEntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College, a Master of Arts from U.C. Davis, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature. She has taught previously at Princeton University, the College of New Jersey, Mills College, Dominican University, and Westmont College.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524.


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