Minister to address impact of technology

Harvard Divinity School Minister Peter J. Gomes is speaking to TCU students and faculty Friday about the relevance of preaching in a technology-driven society, according to the Brite Divinity School.Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard Divinity School, is the recipient of 30 honorary degrees. He was also named clergy of the year by Religion in American Life.

“The address is mainly for preachers but he can speak on almost anything and to anyone,” said Stanley Hagadone, director of admissions for Brite and director of continuing education program.

This is the second time Gomes has visited TCU, his first visit was in 1988, said Hagadone.

“We are delighted to welcome him back,” Hagadone said. The office of Continuing Education and the Black Church Studies program at Brite invited Gomes to speak.

Gomes has written many popular books and academic books.

His books, “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” and “Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living,” were New York Times and national best-selling books.

He also participated in the presidential inaugurations for Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

“Gomes is a sought after speaker and we are pleased to have him,” Hagadone said.

Gomes’ lecture, “The Word Made Flesh: The Importance of Preaching in a Sound-Byte World” is at 8 p.m. Friday in the Kelly Alumni Center.