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Delivered Before the SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
A CHRISTIAN PROGRAM FOR THE RURAL COMMUNITY
KENYON L. BUTTERFIELD
The Fondren Lectures
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Fondren, members of St. Pauls Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Houston, Texas, gave to Southern Methodist University on May 10, 1910, a fund, the proceeds from which were to be used in the establishment of the Fondren Lectures on Christian Missions. The following paragraph from the conditions of the original gift will set forth the spirit and purpose of the Foundation:
“The interest on the investment shall be used annually in procuring some competent person to deliver lectures on Christian Missions under the auspices of Southern Methodist University. This fund is dedicated to the foundation of a lectureship on Christian Missions in consideration of other donations made for the upbuilding of Southern Methodist University, and especially the School of Theology thereof, and in the hope that something of good may come directly therefrom and that others more able to give largely may be inspired to devote some portion of the means which they hold in trust as stewards of the Lord to the increase of said fund or to some other laudable enterprise of our Church."