Freeman To Deliver CMU Fleer Lecture

Alumna to speak on March 25

The annual Fleer Lecture at Central Methodist University will take place on Tuesday, March 25 featuring Reverend Thera Freeman.

Rev. Freeman's lecture, titled "The Miseducation of Thera Freeman," is CMU's sixth annual Gilbert and Ruth Fleer Lecture for Excellence in Value-Based Education. It will take place in the Courtney-Spalding Room of the Inman Student and Community Center at 7 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a reception with refreshments in the foyer following the event.

Rev. Freeman is currently the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Freeman graduated from Central Methodist University in 2005 with degrees in Religion and Psychology. She received the CMU Cecil T. Swackhammer Award in Religion her senior year. She was a member of both Sigma Alpha Iota international fraternity for women in music, and Alpha Gamma Psi local Greek sorority. Freeman also performed in both the concert and marching bands as a trombone player. After graduating she continued her education at Duke Divinity School.

"After graduating (from Duke) in 2008, I accepted a three-year position in Uganda, East-Africa. Through the Mennonite Central Committee with the North Karamoja Diocese of the Church of Uganda (Anglican)," Freeman said. "I served as the Diocesan Education Secretary and School's Advisor to the Bishop. I oversaw 13 church-founded primary schools, the seminary students from the diocese, and the continuing education and edification of clergy and lay leaders."

Founders of the Fleer Lecture Series at CMU, Gilbert and Ruth Fleer live in Bentonville, Ark. Both are alumni of Central Methodist, and Gilbert was assistant professor of religion at Central from 1959 to 1965.

The Fleer Lecture will be live-streamed.


Posted March 18, 2014