Thomas LynchCritically acclaimed American poet, essayist, and undertaker Thomas Lynch joins us this semester as the McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture. The author of five collections of poems and three books of essays, Lynch will team-teach a class called “The Poetics of the Sermon” with Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long and offer two public lectures in his role as McDonald Chair.

On March 19, Lynch will address "The Good Funeral and the Empty Tomb" at 5:00 p.m. at Candler. On April 17, he will present "The Feast of Language" at 7:00 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Thomas Lynch’s work has been the subject of two award-winning film documentaries—PBS Frontline’s The Undertaking (2007) and the BBC’s Learning Gravity (2008)—and provided creative inspiration for the popular HBO series Six Feet Under. His essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and TheTimes of London, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Milford, Michigan, where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, County Clare, Ireland, where he keeps an ancestral cottage.