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Feb. 3, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Three new speakers have been added to this week's Ministers Week program at Perkins School of Theology, including a lecture on the justifiability of a war with Iraq to be delivered by Joseph L. Allen, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Perkins Chapel on the SMU campus.

Allen will deliver the Martin Lecture on the topic, Would War with Iraq Be Justifiable? He is professor emeritus of ethics, having taught social ethics at SMU for 42 years, retiring in 1998. He remains a sought after teacher and speaker. A former president of the Society of Christian Ethics, his book, Love and Conflict: A Covenantal Model of Christian Ethics, has become a classic in the field. He also is the author of War: A Primer for Christians.

Two additional speakers have been added to the program following the cancellation of David Schnasa Jacobsen of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Ontario, Canada, and Tom Beaudoin of Boston College due to personal emergencies. Alyce M. McKenzie, assistant professor of homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, will deliver the Peyton Lecture, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The lecture is titled, "God Help Us! Preaching Biblical Wisdom in a Self-Help Society." McKenzie's writings include Preaching Biblical Wisdom in a Self-Help Society, the commentary Matthew: Interpretation Bible Series, and Preaching Proverbs: Wisdom for the Pulpit.

Rebekah Miles, associate professor of ethics at Perkins will deliver the first Martin Lecture at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Hughes-Trigg Theater, on "That's All a Mule Can Do: Rethinking Work and Vocation." Miles is the co-author of Wesley and the Quadrilateral: Renewing the Conversation, and the author of The Pastor as Moral Guide and The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism.

For information about times and locations for lectures and workshops during Ministers Week, contact Perkins at (214) 768-3515, or visit the Web site at Persons who have not yet registered may register at the door for individual lectures at $15 per person. The lecture by Joseph Allen on Wednesday afternoon will be open to the public at no charge.