Leading evangelical to address faith and politics at UCCS event

February 5, 2013
Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu
Rajeev Shaw, (719) 268-4813, (719) 237-6728, Rajeev.Shaw@fotf.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – One of the nation’s most influential evangelical Christian leaders will share his thoughts on faith, culture and politics during a public discussion scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Jim Daly

Jim Daly

Jim Daly, president and CEO, Focus on the Family will speak about his new book, “ReFocus “and its implications for the wider evangelical community. A discussion with Jeff Scholes, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, will be followed by an audience-led question-and-answer session.

The event is sponsored by the UCCS Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide a welcome and introduce Daly.

“I see this event as a step in the direction of a new kind of dialogue between UCCS and Focus on the Family ,” Scholes said. “There are some interesting insights in Daly’s new book that may surprise some members of our university community and the Colorado Springs community at-large. Most importantly, I commend his willingness to venture into a public university setting and answer questions about religion and politics.”

Faculty, staff, and members of the greater Colorado Springs community are invited to attend at no charge. Food and drink will be provided before and after the event. Free parking will be available in Parking Lots 1 and 3. Seating in the Centennial Hall Auditorium is limited to 290 people.

Daly is the author of “ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart.” There will be copies of his book at the event.

About the Speaker

Daly, 51, became president of Focus on the Family in 2005, succeeding James Dobson. As president, he is host of the Focus on the Family radio program which reaches an estimated 220 million listeners. A 24 year veteran of the organization, he previously held vice president and assistant to the president positions for the organization. He left an executive-level job in private industry to join Focus on the Family.

While supporting traditional evangelical Christian views regarding the definition of marriage and opposing the legalization of abortion, Daly has been encouraging civil discourse and demonstrating a willingness to meet with those whose viewpoints differ. .

He also shares his personal story of being raised by an alcoholic father in Southern California, his conversion at age 15, and being on his own by the time he graduated from high school. Daly went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business at California State University, San Bernadino, and a master’s degree in business from Regis University.

He received the 2008 World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award, the 2009 Children’s Hunger Fund Children’s Champion Award and the 2010 HomeWord Family Ministry Award. He has appeared on such television programs as “Fox & Friends,” “America Live” with Megyn Kelly and ”ABC World News Tonight” and featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek, which named him one of the Top 10 next-generation evangelical leaders of influence.

For more information, visit http://www.focusonthefamily.com/about_us/profiles/jim_daly.aspx

About the Sponsor

The Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at UCCS aims to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the university and the surrounding community as it concerns religious issues and public life. The center neither aligns itself with any political ideology or religion nor does it promote one religion over others. The center aims to provide a platform for faculty, students, guest speakers, pastors, community leaders, and citizens to engage in scholarly efforts, open dialogue, and future action.  For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/rdpl

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.