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African Enterprise founder to give Oct. 1 lecture at Whitworth on the church’s role in South Africa

September 24, 2012

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Michael Cassidy, author and founder of African Enterprise ministry, will share his insights on the South African church at Whitworth University during his lecture, "The Role of the Church in Healing a Nation: Lessons from South Africa." The lecture will take place Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, call (509) 777-4739.

Cassidy is recognized for his evangelical reconciliation ministry throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He has written many books, including A Witness For Ever – The Dawning of Democracy in South Africa, a devotional called Window on the Word, and, most recently, two books on Christian theology and ethics: Getting to the Heart of Things and Back to Basics. He founded African Enterprise in 1962.

“In addition to being an articulate and compelling speaker, Mr. Cassidy is uniquely positioned to talk about the role of the South African church in helping to end apartheid – and on its role in post-apartheid South Africa,” says Gordon Jackson, a professor of communication studies at Whitworth. “As a long-time Christian leader in that country, he has lived through and been involved in these changes.”

Cassidy has met with Whitworth students who have visited South Africa during previous January Term trips. Jackson says he is glad that this lecture will allow the entire Whitworth campus and the Spokane community to benefit from Cassidy’s insights into the role of the South African church, and discover what those lessons imply for U.S. Christians.

“Because Mr. Cassidy’s organization is involved throughout sub-Saharan Africa, he’s extraordinarily well-informed too on the role of the church in most of the continent,” Jackson adds.

The Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series presents a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide an education of mind and heart. Whitworth faculty and staff are confident that Christian worldviews and Christian thinkers are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of ideas. This confidence motivates Whitworth to invite to campus speakers and artists who can help our community engage in critical and careful thinking, as well as in civil discourse and effective action to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kathy Fechter, academic program assistant for communication studies, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4739 or

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