Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lives Worth Living speaker series will continue its 2018-19 speaker series with Marlon F. Hall, Monday, Feb. 4, at 7pm at Grace Chapel. An international lecturing anthropologist and storyteller, Hall uses film, art installations, salon dinner parties, and yoga to unearth beauty from brokenness.

He helps individuals and organizations develop sustainable practices, rituals, values, and programs that deepen their connections, strengthen their culture, and broaden their impact. Hall serves as the principal for his private anthropological based consulting practice, the director for Folklore Films, and a yoga teacher at Big Power Yoga.

Hall is also well respected for his work with such institutions as Duke and Princeton. Using the practices of an anthropologist and passion for people, Hall conducts field work for organizations and businesses to help them deepen their culture and broaden their impact.

Hall served as curator of human potential and pastor of the Awakenings Movement, a grassroots community of social visionaries and culture shapers in Houston, Detroit, and Nairobi for 13 years. Through his pastoral and anthropological practice, Hall has led innovations such as the Eat Gallery, the only culinary art gallery in the world that featured the work of chefs who had dreams but not overhead for their own restaurants.

Hall left his role as a local pastor to serve the global initiative to catalyze Christian imagination and “spirit-preneurship” in the world outside the walls of the church.

The event is free and open to public. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Mindy Makant, Ph.D., LR associate professor of religious studies and director of the Living Well Center, at [email protected] or by calling 828.328.7188.

Visit marlonhall.com to learn more about the presenter.

The 2018-19 Lives Worth Living speaker series concludes with the Reverend Elizabeth Eaton, March 25 at 7pm at Grace Chapel. Eaton is the first female presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Established in 2018, the LR Living Well Center for Vocation and Purpose strives to engage students, faculty, and staff in the ongoing discernment of vocation and purpose. The Living Well Center for Vocation and Purpose hosts the speaker series: Lives Worth Living. Speakers, including theologians, bishops, artists, and advocates for justice, will share their vocational stories and encourage participants to think in new ways about what makes one’s own life meaningful and purpose-filled.
Photo: Marlon F. Hall