For the annual Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Program, Union College will host Eric Elnes Ph.D., author of the forthcoming book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Paths Beyond Religious Certainty that Point the Way Home.
While on campus, Elnes will explore two of the gifts from his book in two separate lectures. The first will be "The Gift of Uncertainty,” which will take place Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B and C of the Patridge Campus Center. The second, “The Gift of Failure,” will take place the following morning in Conway Boatman Chapel at 9:30. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
According to the Rev. David Miller, college minister at Union, Elnes said the Dark Wood is place where “you meet God.”
“The ancient Christian mystics understood the Dark Wood not as punishment for sin, but as the central context in which revelation takes place,” Miller said. “Consequently, they remembered and experienced the Dark Wood differently, as a place where one receives strange and wondrous gifts whose value vastly exceeds whatever hardships are encountered there.”
The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Program was established in fall of 1969 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H. H. Haynes and is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation. The foundation seeks to bring distinguished scholars to campuses across the nation who can clearly communicate the Christian gospel to students. For more information about this event, contact Miller at 606-546-1291.