UMO to Hold Annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture

UMO to Hold Annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture “Being Church” on Tuesday, February 11. The first session will be held from 3 to 4:30 PM in the Glover Center for Religious Studies. The final session will be held at 7 PM in Rodgers Chapel.

This year’s lecture will feature Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Duke University. Florer-Bixler’s writing can be found in Geez Magazine, Sojourners, Christian Century, The Mennonite, and Image. In 2018, she published Fire by Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament. In addition to her community work in the areas of racial justice and community organizing, she serves as the Board Chair for L’Arche North Carolina.

The Reverend Frank R. Harrison established the Vivian B. Harrison lecture in memory of his late wife who was a graduate of Mount Olive College. The purpose of the Vivian B. Harrison Lecture is to provide a medium for continuing education for the ministers and laypersons of North Carolina. The Vivian Harrison Endowed Fund provides funding for this event.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has education service centers in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, and Jacksonville. For more information, visit

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