Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Lecture ties past, current leadership lessons


Join the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation for an inspiring lecture from renowned scholar J. Rufus Fears on April 13 in Oklahoma City.

In his free lecture, titled "Can Do Leadership: What America Needs Today," Dr. Fears will speak about the first Congress of the United States (1789-1791) and how lessons of leadership from that time period can apply to today.

"America is in a crisis: economic, political, and foreign policy. In the past, Americans have overcome problems equally great; the key is leadership," Fears said.

Can Do Leadership "searches the lessons of leadership from the past to find a solution for the present."

The April 13 lecture will be held at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Doors will open at noon, and the lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. The approximately one-hour program is open to the public and nonpartisan.

Free transportation will be provided between OKC-St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Chesapeake arena. The shuttle will depart from the church at 11:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m.

Register online to attend the lecture and also to ride the shuttle. Go to www.okumf.org,  or call Travis at 800-259-6863.

The lecture is made possible by Bill Taylor, a member of Enid-First United Methodist Church.

"America is not what it used to be," said Dr. Taylor. "For our country to survive, we need to re-evaluate the direction we are headed. Dr. Fears’ lessons on leadership and history will be inspiring and insightful and help build up leaders for the future."

Taylor said he hopes to offer a leadership lecture in each of the 12 districts across the Oklahoma Conference.

About J. Rufus Fears

Dr. Fears is an acclaimed American historian, scholar, teacher, and author who lectures widely on the history of freedom and events that have changed America. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

He is currently Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where students have chosen him Professor of the Year on three occasions.


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