Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host the 2013 MidWinters lectures on Feb. 4-6 with four dynamic speakers addressing topics relevant to today’s Christian ministry. This three-day event will feature lecturers Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Margaret Aymer, Joseph Small, and preacher Karl Travis.
Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty will deliver the Thomas White Currie Lecture titled “Grace-filled Economy: The Way Around the Ethic of Scarcity Toward the Ethic of Enough.” In this three-part lecture, she will discuss the unequal distribution of wealth, patterns of consumption, and ecological devastation. She is the Chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Her research and work most recently focus on poverty and wealth inequalities.
Margaret Aymer is the invited Robert F. Jones Lecturer. She will deliver a two-part lecture series titled “Sojourner’s Truths.” The first lecture is “The New Testament as Migrant Writing,” and the second “Migrant Writings as Scripture.” Aymer is the associate professor for New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and the Chair for Biblical studies. She is the author of numerous books including First Pure, Then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass, Darkness and the Epistle of James, and Confessing the Beatitudes.
Joseph Small is the 2013 E.C. Westervelt Lecturer. His two-part series is titled “The Last Shall be First: Ecclesiology as Initial Theological Problem.” Small, who served as director for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship until 2011, will address the “theological afterthought” of ecclesiology and what it is to be one holy catholic apostolic church.
Opening the 2013 MidWinters will be Karl Travis, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. He will lead the Monday and Tuesday evening worship services.
A special lunch discussion on “Faith and Public Life,” featuring the Honorable David Peeples, a judge in the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas and an Austin Seminary Trustee, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5. He will speak briefly on the role faith has played in his career as a lawyer and judge. After a short Q&A, Austin Seminary Association (ASA) Board President Timothy Blodgett will lead a discussion among the attendees.
Closing out the MidWinters event is the annual ASA Banquet and Annual Meeting. The luncheon will feature President Theodore J. Wardlaw’s “State of the Seminary” address and the 2013 Distinguished Service recipients will be honored. The alumni being honored are John McCoy (MDiv’63), Greg McDonnell (MDiv’81), and Helen Locklear (MDiv’89).
Founded in 1902, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership. For more information and ways to support Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, visit www.austinseminary.edu.