Christine PohlMany of us long for a sense of community – a place where people know and welcome us.

Is Lakeside just a place to vacation? Or is Lakeside a community where people find belonging?

As Preacher of the Week, Dr. Christine Pohl, Associate Provost and Professor of Christian Ethics and Church in Society at Asbury Theological Seminary, will lead us in a dialogue this week by drawing on her research of community and relating it to Lakeside.

Dr. Pohl earned her Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, her Master of Arts in theological studies from Cordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and her Doctorate in ethics and society from Emory University.

She has been the recipient of grants for research from the American Academy of Religion, the Lilly Endowment and the Louisville Institute, where she has also served as a board member.

Her book, which has inspired a lot of conversation at Lakeside, Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us, is available for purchase at The Fine Print bookstore.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 13, Dr. Pohl’s sermon, “Making Room for Gratitude,” will be based on Colossians 3:12-17.

During her week at Lakeside, Dr. Pohl will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 in Hoover Auditorium, with a book signing afterwards.

Dr. Pohl has been integral in helping Lakeside compile the Chautauqua Conversation: Community & Our Practices booklet that will be used throughout the week. All are invited to pick up the booklet from Artists-N-Cahoots for a donation of $10.

Dr. Pohl will also lecture at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday during the Faith for Living Hour in Orchestra Hall. Each day she will focus on a practice.

Lakesiders are invited to the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room for a Lunch Conversation with the Preacher at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. No reservations are needed; the cost is $15. Please note: This is the last Lunch Conversation with the Preacher of the season.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Dr. Pohl will lead Vespers by the Lake at the Pavilion East Deck. She will preach on “Rethinking Interruptions,” based on Luke 8:40-56.

Guests may obtain a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, valid until 3 p.m. A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Both of these passes include admissions for guests and auto.