Voyages Lecture to Feature Christian Theologian and Ordained Priest

A Christian theologian and ordained priest will deliver the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series’ Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture on Nov. 9. Dr. Matthew Fox will speak on, "Reinventing Christianity" at 7 p.m. in East Carolina University’s Wright Auditorium

Fox received his master of arts degree in philosophy and theology from the Aquinas Institute and his doctorate degree in spirituality from the Catholic Institute of Paris. He has been an ordained priest since 1967. A liberation theologian and progressive visionary, Fox was nevertheless dismissed from the Dominican order in 1992, whereupon he was received as an Episcopal priest by Bishop William Swing of the Diocese of California.

Fox has authored 28 books. Among his most recent works are “A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity”(2006) and “The Hidden Spirituality of Men” (2009).

Controversial, stimulating and widely respected, Fox has offered a steady critique of religion and culture for several decades. In addition to his work as a writer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay area, Fox lectures throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Australia.

The Jarvis Lecture is co-sponsored by the ECU Religious Studies Program and Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church generously supports the Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture. The ECU Religious Studies Program selects the lecturers. The views of the lecturers do not necessarily reflect United Methodist theology or the beliefs of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church members.

Complimentary tickets for this lecture are available to all attendees and may be obtained by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Established in 2007, the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series advances the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the liberal arts. The series is made possible through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and additional friends and supporters of the college. For more information, contact Dr. John Tucker, director of the series, at 252-328-1028 or, or visit