Held annually at the College since 1877, February Meetings have offered Maryville College and local community an opportunity to come together to consider questions of faith and responsible living in the world. In years past, guest speakers and special music have been highlights of the condensed lecture series, which is open to all members of the College community, people in the area, and visitors, including the College’s Board of Church Visitors. Please note: due to inclement weather in the past, February Meetings will be take place in April.

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February Meetings will be held on Monday, April 24th 2017.

We're proud to announce that beloved author Katherine Paterson will be joining us for Terabithia and Beyondwhich will include a February Meetings presentation on her latest book Stories of My Life. Katherine Paterson will present in the Lambert Theater in the Clayton Center for the Arts at 7pm on Monday, April 24th! 

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book.

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Past Themes and Speakers

2016 - "Beyond Forgiveness: A Murder Victim's Family Member on Redemption, Reconciliation, and Restoration" with Jeanne Bishop. Read More or See Flyer

2015 - “Dancing at the Crossroads – Transforming Conflict and Building Peace in Church and Society” with Canon David Porter. Read More or See Flyer

2014 - “Speaking Truth to Power: The Work of Justice in a World of Violence” with Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson.  Read More or See Flyer

2013 - “Thinking, Acting, and Living for Justice: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement” with Dr. Randal Jelks.  Read More or See Flyer

2012 - Singer/Songwriter Derek Webb.  Read More

2011 - “Acting Boldly: The Courageous Faith” with All Staggs. Read More

2010 - “Fragments of a Future Religion” with Dr. Sam Keen, author of Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds       Listen and Read More

2009 - “Revive Us Again: Coming Together to Move Forward” with Reverend Otis Moss III, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Listen and Read More

2008 - “Confessing Hope: Stories of Faith and Struggle from South Africa” with Dr. Russel Botman, rector of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, president of the South African Council of Churches. Listen and Read More

2007 - “The Church as Peacemaker” with speaker Rev. Ken Newell, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Read More

2006 -  “Fighting Fair with Scripture” with Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Read More