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MidWinter Lectures

January 30 - February 1, 2017

NEW on Tuesday

The new faculty band, Faculty Meeting, will play in Stotts Hall during the dinner hour. The Urban Cowboy food truck will be on campus selling dinner; free beer and wine will be provided by the Seminary.

Currie Lecturer

The Reverend Dr. Ted A. Smith

Associate Professsor of Preaching and Ethics
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

In his work at Candler and Vanderbilt University, and his experience as a Rhodes Scholar, Ted Smith has been recognized for his academic achievements and ministerial excellence. He currently directs a major project funded by the Lilly Endowment, “Theological Education Between the Times: Consultations on the Meanings and Purposes of Theological Education,” which brings together scholars from a diverse array of institutions to consider the purposes of theological education in a time of great change.

Lecture Theme: Theological Education Between the Times

Theological education is in a time of profound change. Many long-established institutions are struggling or even closing. At the same time, new institutions—and new kinds of institutions—are emerging in many different traditions. Changes of this magnitude should push us back to the most basic of questions: What is theological education for?

Lecture 1: Model M and Its Afterlives

Lecture 2: The Political Significance of Theological Education

Lecture 3: No Longer Shall They Teach One Another: Theological Education with the End in Mind

Jones Lecturer

The Reverend Dr. Jerry D. Andrews

Pastor of First Presbyterian Church
San Diego, California

Jerry Andrews served churches in the Pittsburgh and Chicago before leading the staff of First Presbyterian Church in San Diego. Multiple degrees—from the Detroit Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Chicago—have equipped him with broad interests across the Ancient Mediterranean World, theology, biblical studies, and history. He led worship for the 222 General Assembly in Portland this summer (2016).

Lecture Theme: To Whom and to What is the Pastor Called

The lives and writings of Augustine and Gregory, two pastors of the church past, show a way forward for pastoral leaders today.

1st Lecture 

"Augustine was never Alone"

The City of God reveals a singularly brilliant mind, but the Confessions of Augustine reveal a life in which thought and practice were always communal. The independence of the contemporary pastorate and pastor diminish our response to the fullness of the pastoral call.

2nd Lecture 

"Gregory was always Active"

The contemplative life is wonderfully attractive for any pastor who loves God. But it is not, according to Gregory, the pastoral call. The path to holiness is not walked apart, but necessarily by full investment in the work of serving others.

Westervelt Lecturer

Dr. Donyelle McCray

Assistant Professor of Homiletics
Yale Divinity School

Donyelle McCray is working on a book exploring the role of risk-taking as an essential part of spiritual life. She earned the JD from Harvard Law School, the MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and the ThD from Duke Divinity. She previously served on the faculty of Virginia Theological Seminary and as director of Multicultural Ministries. She has also served as a chaplain in the areas of hospice, mental health, and volunteer corps.

Lecture Theme: The Spirituality of Risk-taking
Drawing on the Black Religious Tradition, Dr. McCray will explore how risk-taking nurtures Black legacies of dissent, inventiveness, and tenderness.  


The Reverend Dr. Jill Duffield (DMin’13)

Editor of The Presbyterian Outlook

Jill Duffield has been editor of the Outlook since February 2015; her work earned the James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage from the Associated Church Press. She served Presbyterian Churches in North and South Carolina and has been a leader in Providence Presbytery. Recently she has also served on the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors (2014-2016) and was founding board chair of Family Promise of the Midlands (2013-2016).

Tuesday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Thomas Caven

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
and University Medical Center Brackenridge
Austin, Texas 

Since 2001, Dr. Caven has been vice president of Medical Affairs and medical director at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He formerly served as technology transfer officer for the Seton network. Additionally, he chairs the board of the Seton Medical Group, an NPHO corporation, and is the physician member of the Seton Network Risk Assessment Committee, performing risk assessment and medico-legal analysis. Previously, he served as the vice president over Seton Clinical Research and, in that capacity, supported clinical research activities throughout the Seton network.

Dr. Caven serves on the External Advisory Committee of the UT School of Biomedical Engineering, the Scientific Advisory Committee of Alafair Biosciences and The University of Texas at Austin Pharmacy Advisory Committee.

Dr. Caven will serve as the inaugural vice president of Medical Affairs for Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas when it opens in May 2017.

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