News Release:

Apr. 21,  2010

Dean Love to Preach on National Radio Program

Dean Jan Love

Dr. Jan Love, dean and professor of Christianity and world politics at Candler, will be the featured preacher May 2 and 9 on “Day 1,” a nationally syndicated radio program also accessible by podcast at Day1.org. Each program includes a sermon by Love along with interviews conducted by guest host Louis Schueddig, president of “Day 1.”

Love is an internationally recognized leader in church and ecumenical arenas. She is a scholar of world politics, particularly regarding issues of religion and politics, conflict transformation, and globalization. Before coming to Candler in January 2007, Love served three years as the head of the Women’s Division of The United Methodist Church and was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina for 22 years. She has been involved in the global ecumenical movement for decades through her work with the World Council of Churches.

In her sermon airing May 2, entitled “Encountering Other Religions,” Love probes the Apostle Peter’s surprising vision that encouraged the early church to include non-Jews (Acts 11). “Being open to faith journeys of those from other religious traditions is tender and tough territory today, just as it was in the first century,” she says. “If done well, the rewards for navigating it can be extraordinary. The practical outcomes for communities are also powerful.”

Her sermon for May 9, “The Grace of the City of God,” explores an intriguing passage from Revelation 21. “The new, beautiful city of God is not just about pie in the sky when we die, although we certainly don’t discount that promise,” she says. “This vision is about that wonderfully delicious rich pie that we all crave on earth now, a life that basks in God’s presence now, a life that keeps God’s commandment to love one another and mirrors God’s glory today and every day.”

Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour,” “Day 1” celebrates 65 years of weekly broadcast in 2010. Distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas, it is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media in association with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The program has received numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Communicators’ Award for Excellence in inspirational radio.

For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s Web site, day1.org.