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When asked how the current pandemic changes the way he interprets Scripture, the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount speaks of hope in the midst of struggle.
Thanks to revisions within Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Financial Aid for Service, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students attending any accredited seminary in the U.S. can now apply for 2020-21 graduate scholarships awards at pcusa.org/apply4scholarships.
I have the great privilege of working with the faithful team of Princeton Seminary leaders who are designing and implementing our plan for social distancing as a tool to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is complicated, difficult work and must be done with great speed. We are also positioning ourselves to respond to the continual change we assume we will face for the coming days and weeks.
Presbyterian seminaries are taking action to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and thinking through what the spread of the virus might mean for future events.
“This is our stone-cold moment to be like Jesus, our rock and our redeemer,” Dr. Brian K. Blount told the NEXT Church national gathering Wednesday at the close of a sermon as rousing as it was theologically well-built. The president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary called on worshipers to “stand on God’s promise … and rock out our world.”
Dr. Roger Gench, theologian in residence at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, will deliver the 2020 Dawe Lecture, “Cruciform Mindfulness,” at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Watts Chapel at Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road in Richmond. A reception will follow the free presentation. There’s no registration needed to attend the lecture.
Spelman College, in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary, will host the Beyoncé Mass at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in Sisters Chapel, 440 Westview Dr. SW in Atlanta.
The Rev. Bertram Johnson has joined Union Theological Seminary in New York City as a new interfaith minister and will be training and mentoring a newly-forming student peer spiritual care team this semester. He began his work last month.
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Professor the Rev. Dr. J. Bradley Wigger is among the recipients of the 2020 Illumination Book Awards.
Throughout the summer of 2019, researchers from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary began an intensive study of African American rural ministry. Seminary professors and alumni, in partnership with congregational leaders from Bardstown, Hopkinsville, and Eminence, Kentucky, examined the issues that ministers and congregants address to effectively provide spiritual, social and personal guidance to the rural communities they serve.