Religious Life

Special Worship

Founder's Day 2013

The Rev. Dr., the Lord Leslie Griffiths, Founders Day Speaker
Scholar in Residence at the University of Evansville
February 14 - 17, 2013

The Rev. Dr., the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port, is the Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London, England and a member of the House of Lords, Labour Party, receiving a Life Peerage in 1994.

As a regular columnist and BBC broadcaster, Dr. Griffiths has spoken extensively on various educational and social subjects, including euthanasia, the church and civic society, the relationship between Christianity and other faiths, and international affairs, including the complex world of international finance. “The foundation of my awareness of, and involvement in, international affairs was laid in the period I lived in Haiti, 1970 – 1980,” he notes.

His story begins in real poverty in South Wales and leads him, via ordination, to Haiti to work with some of the poorest people on earth. He experienced Liberation Theology before it had been articulated and was the biographer of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Roman Catholic priest and Liberation Theologian who became Haiti’s President.

Dr. Griffiths became a local preacher in the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1963 and completed a Master of Arts in Theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in 1969. In 1987 Dr. Griffiths earned a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has served as President of the Methodist Conference in Britain, 1994 - 1995 and has been the Superintendent Minister at Wesley’s Chapel since 1996. He is the current Chair of the College of Preachers. Dr. Griffiths has written numerous books on religious and historical themes. His riveting and intense autobiography, A View from the Edge has recently been published.

Some people continue to struggle with the link between religion and politics; its clarity shines through this book. Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top, Chief Whip of the House of Commons, 2001 – 2006

Dr. Griffiths and his wife, Margaret, have three grown children, Timothy, Jonathan, and Ruth and one grandchild.

Other Upcoming Services

Neu Chapel balances the liturgical calendar and the academic calendar throughout the year. We work to provide special worship services that mark time in the liturgical year, especially those the Church has deemed significant. Below are some of the services we have offered in the past:

  • Advent Vespers: A Campus Christmas
  • Ash Wednesday Service with the Imposition of Ashes
  • Holy Thursday Service of Darkness
  • Easter Sunday Festival of the Resurrection

In addition, each year, Neu Chapel joins the University of Evansville in celebrating Founders Day, honoring the University's history and distinguished alumni. Each year we observe Founders Day with a special service featuring the annual Edgar M. McKown address, and the presentation of UE's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.