'Caring for Each Other Better: Technology and Faith'

In her newest book, "The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World" Deanna Thompson, professor of religion at Hamline University, focuses on the potential of the digital revolution to help us better care for one another during the worst times of our lives. Thompson will discuss her new book and these ideas during a guest lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Valders Hall of Science Room 262, on the Luther College campus.

The lecture, sponsored by Luther's Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, is titled, "Caring for Each Other Better: Technology and Faith," and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Thompson teaches courses in African American studies, women studies and social justice. Since her diagnosis of stage IV cancer in 2008, Thompson speaks and publishes widely on thinking theologically about living with cancer. After this diagnosis, Thompson continues to embrace the potential of digital tools to enhance relationships. In her work she suggests that "the body of Christ can and does exist virtually and makes embodied difference in the lives of those who are hurting."

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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