Edwards Lecture 2010
The George and Jean Edwards Lecture on Peace and Justice | October 21, 2010.

Photos by Jonathan Roberts.

The Church’s vital ministries of evangelism and justice were the focus of the 2010 Edwards-Presler Lectures at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Caldwell Chapel, October 21, 2010, as two church scholars and leaders presented their ideas at the intersection of faith and the transformation of the world.

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the combined fall lecture series, Professor and theologian J. Milburn Thompson presented “If you Want Peace on Earth, Make Peace with Earth.”

The endowed lectures series honors the late peace activist and Louisville Seminary Professor Emeritus Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean Edwards.

Dr. J. Milburn Thompson addressed the Church’s response to faithful stewardship and care of the earth and creation from a Roman Catholic perspective. Initiated in part by Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 World Day of Peace message on this topic, the Bellarmine University professor explored the Church’s environmental ethic to be peacemakers with Earth.

“George and Jean Edwards have been important influences on my life. It means a lot to me to have the opportunity to give this lecture which celebrates their witness and work for peace. Particularly after learning about the death of George Edwards, in June, I was all the more honored to be asked to give the Edwards Peacemaking Lecture and hope that it will be a fitting commemoration for him,” said Thompson.

Dr. Thompson, Chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., is a scholar of peacemaking and social justice from a liberation theology perspective. He is the author of Introducing Catholic Social Thought (2010) and Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (1997; revised, 2003), which received the First Place Award for Educational Books from the Catholic Press Association; and numerous published articles and essays on moral theology and Christian social ethics.
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