Chapel Hour to Host Speaker Colman McCarthy

October 26, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will hold its weekly chapel hour at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington).

The service is open to the public.

In place of the previously scheduled service, the Office of the University Chaplain, Project Intersect, Global Politics Society and IWU Amnesty International will host well-known and respected peace activist Colman McCarthy. He will speak on the topic “Nonviolence in a Time of War.” Having worked for the Washington Post since 1968, McCarthy has interviewed many renowned peacemakers, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Desmond Tutu of South Africa. In 1985 he founded the Center for Teaching Peace, a not-for-profit organization that helps schools begin or broaden their peace studies programs.

While speaking on college campuses, McCarthy challenges students to become others-centered rather than self-centered. He is dedicated to teaching peace, a subject he feels that most American schools have neglected.

McCarthy is currently an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, and teaches high school courses as well.

For additional information, contact the Chaplain’s office at (309) 556-3005 or visit the Chaplain’s homepage at

Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181