Minister, Professor to Present Carr Lecture

February 28, 2012

Dr. Gail O’DayDr. Gail O’Day, dean and professor of New Testament and preaching at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will present the Joseph M. Carr Lecture on Thursday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall at the University of Mount Union. She will present Friendship as a Christian Practice: Embodying Jesus’ Love in an Anxious World.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, O’Day earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, Master of Theological Studies degree from the Harvard Divinity School and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Emory University. Her scholarly research focuses on the Gospel of John, the Bible and preaching and the history of biblical interpretation.
Prior to her appointment at Wake Forest in 2010, O’Day taught religion at Hamilton College, Eden Theological Seminary and Emory University. While at Emory, she served in many capacities including assistant professor of biblical teaching, senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs and chief academic officer for the Candler School of Theology.
She has written a number of books and articles including the commentary on the Gospel of John in The New Interpreters Bible (1996) and most recently, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide (Abingdon Press, 2007). O’Day is editor or co-editor of several volumes such as Oxford Access Bible (Oxford University Press, 1999) and the Theological Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). She served as the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature from 1999-2006 and is currently general editor of the Society of Biblical Literature book series, Early Christianity and its Literature.
The Joseph M. Carr Lectureship was established in 1916 by the terms of the will of Reverend Joseph M. Carr, D.D., a close associate of President Hartshorn in the early days of Mount Union. The conditions under which the lectureship was given state that the lecture shall always be upon the subject “The Mission of the Christian College to the World.” For more information on the Carr Lecture, visit
The Carr Lecture is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on the Mount Union campus. For more information about the lecture, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at (330) 823-2030 or
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