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Salzman Lecture Series


6:30 pm – Gathering & Reception in St. Andrews Hall
7:00 pm – Lecture in the Sanctuary

Rev. Ruth Everhart, an author, speaker, and Presbyterian pastor of over twenty years, has been writing about sexual abuse and faith since 2012, when she began her memoir, Ruined, a deeply personal story of being raped at gunpoint at age 20, and her decade-long journey to build a new faith. Her Salzman lecture, like her forthcoming book of the same title, draws on her own history and her passion for scripture, weaving together contemporary stories with ancient scripture to reflect on one of the crucial issues of our day – how the church responds to sexual abuse.

A graduate of Calvin College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Rev. Everhart has explored this issue in a variety of venues, including cover stories for Christian Century, an essay in Sojourners, and an op-ed in the Washington Post. Her periodical writing has won awards from the Associated Church Press, and Ruined was named 2017 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Women.

Rev. Everhart, a resident of Northern Virginia and member of National Capital Presbytery, travels widely to urge faith communities to reconsider their response to sexual abuse. We are delighted that she will be joining us to deliver Lewinsville’s annual Salzman lecture.

For more information about Rev. Everhart’s work, and for preordering instructions and a discount on The #MeToo Reckoning (official release date: January 14, 2020), please visit .

The Salzman Lecture Series was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Lewinsville elder and outstanding Presbyterian layman, Howard Salzman. The annual fall lecture is an opportunity for reflection on three areas central to Howard’s own ministry: public affairs, global missions, and Christian education.

Howard was an active contributor to evolving Presbyterian issues and programs during his 25 years at Lewinsville. In addition to his service as commissioner to the National Capital Presbytery, he was also vice chair of the Global Mission Ministry Unit of the General Assembly.

Professionally, Howard’s career included serving as an economist for the Pan American Union, and later, as a program executive for the Organization of American States. When he retired, he was Director of the Office of International Cooperation.

Previous lecturers have included: Jim Wallis, E.J. Dionne, Glenn Tinder, LeRoy Walters, Katherine Marshall, Philip Wogaman, and Congressman John Lewis.