Anne Lamott Presents Longo Lecture

By Rebecca Kendal on November 14, 2007

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PUC is thrilled to welcome national best-selling author Anne Lamott as the speaker for the Longo Lecture Series held this year in the PUC Church sanctuary on February 21, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

Lamott is the acclaimed author of such bestsellers as Bird by Bird, Operating Instructions, and Traveling Mercies. In the latter, she divulges the horrors and miracles of her atheistic, drug-ridden struggle to find God. Lamott’s straightforward style is a captivating blend of wit and spiritual philosophy with an added punch of brutal honesty. Her ministry is refreshingly hard-hitting. As described in People magazine, “Lamott fills her text with remarkable detail and a refreshing sense of humanity that has you guffawing on one page and bawling on the next.”

Lamott’s visit to PUC is due to the generosity of Dr. Lawrence Longo, who, in 1992, established an endowment at PUC with the idea of creating a lectureship on topics relating to religion, society, and learning. Dr. Longo is the head of the Perinatal Biology Center, professor of Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. He is one of the world’s most respected specialists in developmental physiology. Dr. Longo began the lecture series in honor of his parents, Frank and Florine Longo, who claimed Angwin to be a “suburb of Heaven.”