Renowned Historians Host Two-Part Lecture Series At Shell Point

FORT MYERS, FL (February 23, 2009) — Residents of Fort Myers and the surrounding areas are invited to attend a two-part lecture series that features two renowned historians who will discuss Changes in American Religion, 1948-2008: Part I and II. This series features Dr. Grant Wacker and Dr. Nathan Hatch, leading educators and historians, who will speak on the topic of the changes in religion. The sessions are hosted by The Village Church at Shell Point in conjunction with the Academy at Shell Point. The first session will be on Monday, March 2, at 7:15 p.m. and the second session will be on Tuesday, March 3, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., with both sessions taking place in The Village Church Auditorium on the Island.

“The way Americans feel about religion has changed significantly in the last 60 years,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “This series will offer a wealth of insight into what changes have occurred in American religion and how they may affect individuals, organizations, and the nation.”

Dr. Nathan Hatch is the President of Wake Forrest University and is regarded as one of the most influential scholars on the history of religion in America. Dr. Grant Wacker is the Director of Graduate Studies of Religion at Duke University. Dr. Wacker is an expert on American religion and has written numerous books on this subject.

There is no cost to attend this lecture series. To reserve tickets, or receive more information, please contact The Village Church at Shell Point by calling (239) 454-2147.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults that touch on the six components of wellness. Anywhere from 70 to 90 classes take place per semester.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. In December Shell Point also received a 5-star rating from the Federal government for the Larsen Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on site.


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