Marilyn Chandler McEntyre Presents Longo Lecture

By Staff Writer on February 1, 2016

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Pacific Union College welcomes Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Ph.D., as the featured speaker for the 2016 Frank A. and Florine A. Longo Lecture Series. McEntyre will speak at 7:30 p.m., in Scales Chapel at Pacific Union College, on Thursday, February 18.

Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D., is a writer and professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in California. Her writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Sojourners, Presbyterians Today, Comment, Conversations, Academic Medicine, and a range of academic journals. She has authored over a dozen books, with her most recent, A Faithful Farewell, published in spring 2015.

A scholar and retreat leader, McEntyre is a frequent lecturer on issues of medicine and literature. She hopes to foster life-giving conversations about the things that matter most. Her lecture, “Peace, Love, and a Few Good Verbs,” will explore strategies for the stewardship of words, a stewardship that keeps words honed and sharp for precise thinking.

According to McEntyre, “Word choices are moral choices. The words we choose have consequences in our lives and others’.” Her lecture will reflect on how good stewardship of words—precise, lively, accountable verbs in particular—can help us foster awareness of the processes in which we participate.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Visit or contact the college’s office of public relations at | 707-965-6303 for additional information.

About the Frank A. and Florine A. Longo Lecture

In 1992, an endowment in honor of Frank and Florine Longo was established at Pacific Union College by their son, Lawrence D. Longo, M.D. This endowment was designed to establish a lectureship with topics related to religion, society, and learning. In harmony with this stipulation, the series has been entitled “Faith, Knowledge, and Human Values.” Dr. Longo’s goal for the lecture series is to increase the depth of ideas and matters of the mind in the Christian experience.