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MidWinter Lectures

February 4-6, 2019


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We’re excited to announce our 2019 MidWinter Lectures. Please join us February 4-6 for three full days of lectures, worship, and fellowship.

If you graduated in a year ending in "9"—or graduated anytime in the past decade—you'll want to make plans to meet your classmates at special reunion events on Monday evening. Look for an invitation with more details in the mail soon.

Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr.

The James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership and Senior Advisor to the President, Emory University

Currie Lectures

“Moral Agency and Leadership”

Throughout history when human communities have faced seemingly insurmountable challenges, we see examples of women and men with integrity, courage and imagination who have emerged to help lead them forward. Who are these moral leaders and how do they come to be such? What and how do they think and act? And, what exact impacts do they make or enable?

Dr. Miroslav Volf

The Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School

Westervelt Lectures

“Trampling on Pearls? Theology and What Matters the Most”

Truly flourishing life is the most important concern of our lives, the pearl for which it’s worth selling everything else we might have — wealth, power, fame, or pleasure. That's also the purpose of theology: to discern, articulate, and commend visions of flourishing life in the light of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ. But like the swine of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:6), many of us, ordinary people and intellectuals alike, and especially in the affluent West, trample that pearl under our feet, seeing in it nothing fit to satisfy our hunger.

Ms. Katelyn Beaty

Author of A Woman’s Place

Jones Lectures

“New Norms for a New Era”

In my two lectures, I will examine this moment in contemporary culture through the lenses of faith and the media. In the first lecture, I will consider the surprising support by evangelicals of a controversial political leader. In the second, I will look at issues of truth and witness in an era of “fake news.”

MidWinters Preacher

The Reverend Sarah Johnson

Senior Associate Pastor for Adult Learning and Engagement, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas


Highlights of MidWinter Lectures

• We will honor the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipients: The Reverend Dr. Patricia Tull (MDiv’85) and The Reverend Dr. Sallie Sampsell Watson (MDiv’87).

• Special reunion events are planned for the Classes of 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, and 2009-2018.

• Prior to worship on Tuesday, grab a bite to eat from the on-campus food trucks and enjoy fellowship and a book signing with the MidWinter lecturers. 

• The ASA Banquet and Annual Meeting  is on Wednesday, February 6; tickets are $20 and reservations are required.

• Note: our Opening Worship service begins at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night.

Ministry and Practice Lunch

Rich Oppel

Our guest speaker at the Tuesday Ministry and Practice luncheon will be Rich Oppel, the Interim Editor-in-Chief for Texas Monthly magazine. Take a break between lectures and join us for lunch and conversation.


About Rich Oppel

Oppel began his career in journalism in the 1960s. He was the Washington bureau chief for Knight Ridder and was editor at the Detroit Free Press, the Charlotte Observer, and the Austin American Statesman. Following retirement from the Statesman he worked for Public Strategies Inc / Hill+Knowlton Strategies.


Book your hotel now!

Use the code "APT" for a discount rooms at the Holiday Inn Midtown.


Monday, February 4, 2019

4:00-6:00 Registration / Light Reception (McCord Atrium)

5:30 p.m. Class Reunion Gathering (Class of 59, 69, 79, 89, 99, 09) (McCord)

7:00 p.m.  Worship,  The Reverend Sarah Johnson (Shelton Chapel)

8:30 p.m.  Koinonia Classes of 2009-2018 (TBA)


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

8:15 a.m., Coffee Fellowship  (McCord Atrium)

8:45 a.m., Gathering Music (Shelton Chapel)

9:00 a.m., First Currie Lecture-Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. (Shelton Chapel)    

10:15 a.m., Coffee Fellowship (McCord Atrium)

10:45 a.m., First Westervelt Lecture, Dr. Miroslav Volf (Shelton Chapel)

12:00 p.m., Ministry & Practice Luncheon, Mr. Rich Oppel (Stotts Hall)

1:30 p.m., First Jones Lecture, Ms. Katelyn Beaty (Shelton Chapel)

2:30 p.m., Second Currie Lecture, Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr.  (Shelton Chapel)

3:30 p.m., Coffee Fellowship (Library Lawn)

4:00 p.m., Moderated Conversation (Stitt Library)

5:00 p.m., Food Trucks, Book Signing and more! (Stott’s Hall)

7:00 p.m., Word and Sacrament, The Reverend Sarah Johnson (Shelton Chapel)


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

8:15 a.m.,  Gathering Music(Shelton Chapel)

8:30 a.m.,  Second Westervelt Lecture, Dr. Miroslav Volf (Shelton Chapel)            

9:30 a.m., Coffee Fellowship (McCord Atrium)

10:00 a.m, Second Jones Lecture, Ms. Katelyn Beaty (Shelton Chapel)                         

11:15 a.m., Third Currie Lecture, Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. (Shelton Chapel)

12:30-2:00, ASA Banquet, (Stott’s Hall)

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