Dr. Everett Worthington, Jr., professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present the address "Personal Christian Faith, Research, and Changing the World" as the 11th annual Pew Faith and Learning Lecture at Hope College on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Worthington specializes in the psychology of forgiveness and reconciliation. He is the author or editor of 25 books, as well as more than 200 scholarly articles and numerous conference papers. He is the founding editor of "Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal," and has served on the editorial boards of the "American Journal of Family Therapy," the "Journal of Psychology and Christianity," and the "Journal of Counseling Psychology." He organized the Conference for Research on Forgiveness, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, held in 1997 at Hope College.

He has been with Virginia Commonwealth University since 1989. He was previously a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and Hong Kong University.

Worthington has an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master's in nuclear engineering from MIT, and a master's and Ph. D. in psychology from the University of Missouri. He has held grants from, among others, the Fetzer Institute, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the John Templeton Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, and received both the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences.

The Pew Faith and Learning Lecture is sponsored by Hope's Pew College Society Program. The Pew College Society at Hope exists to encourage students to pursue careers in college and university teaching as Christian service. The society, established in 1997, has 40 junior and senior members.

Additional information on the lecture or the Pew Society may be obtained by contacting Professor Marc Baer of the college's history faculty at baer@hope.edu.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia at 11th Street.