Global immersion trip to Namibia to be discussed at community breakfast; Trudy Stringer and Barbara McClure to speak on Nov. 1

Leaders of a global immersion trip to Namibia will reflect on the experience during a community breakfast Nov. 1 sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School.

The group was led by Trudy Stringer, assistant dean for student life and associate director of field education, and Barbara McClure, assistant professor of pastoral theology. Their talk is “Immersion in Namibia: Africa and the Church.”

The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the refectory of the divinity school on the Vanderbilt campus. All are welcome to attend. The cost is $10 and advance reservations are required. For more information, call 615-936-8457 or go to

“Preparation for religious leadership in the 21st century requires intentional engagement with our rapidly globalizing context,” said Stringer and McClure. “Namibia offers an amazingly rich context for learning about the health of the global community, the impact of global economic trends on poor nations and the role of theology and religious communities in effecting social change.”

Namibia, in southern Africa, faces major issues that also plague all of sub-Saharan African, including HIV/AIDS, decolonization and the formation of new democracies in a post-apartheid era, the status of women and environmental concerns.

Media Contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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