Faculty convocations are regular events at which WTC Faculty can engage with one another on a topic of ecumenical or social significance. Below are some recent examples of faculty convocations. For information on upcoming Faculty Convocations, check our events page for updates.
2021: “Theological Education as Justice Formation”
Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School.
Monday, September 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
(includes meeting of Faculty Area Groups)
Join us for this Virtual Event!
Theological Education involves the preparation of religious leaders to engage public life, which includes ongoing issues of social justice. But the traditions of theological education themselves also need critical examination around issues of justice, racial equity, and cultural-inclusivity of the growing diversity of God’s Church. Join one of the accomplished and challenging leaders in the field to explore how Justice Formation is key to the theological education enterprise.
Dr. Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School and former Academic Dean at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of over 40 articles and the award-winning books, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (2010) and Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (2018). He also authored the insightful and challenging book, After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging (2020), written for the Theological Education Between the Times series.
2020: “Toward Anti-Racist Theology and Practice: Transforming our Teaching”
Dr. Eric Lewis Williams, Curator of Religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Respondent: Dr. Denise Janssen, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Virginia Union University
2018:Inside Our Awakening Universe: Spiritual Life and the New Cosmic Story
Dr. John Haught, Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University
- Dr. Connie Bertka, Wesley Theological Seminary
- Dr. David Cloutier, The Catholic University of America
2017:No Longer Strangers and Foreigners: The Intersection of Christian Identity, Mission and the Ethics of Immigration
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
Presenter: Dr. Peter Phan
2016:Theology and Reconciliation in a Polarized Society
Wesley Theological Seminary
September 29, 2016
Panel of Faculty Representatives:
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Kimball, Virginia Theological Seminary
Fr. James Brent, OP, PhD, PFIC at the Dominican House
Dr. Dean Trulear, Howard University School of Divinity
Dr. Rick Elgendy, Wesley Theological Seminary
2015: Marriage, Family, and Sexuality: Theological, Moral, and Pastoral Implications
Virginia Theological Seminary
September 28, 2015
Panel of Faculty Representatives:
Moderator: Kristin Johnston-Largen, Gettysburg Seminary
Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, Howard University School of Divinity
Dr. John Grabowski, Catholic University of America
Dr. Sondra Wheeler, Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Timothy Sedgwick, Virginia Theological Seminary
Dr. Jeffrey Willetts, John Leland Center for Theological Studies
Kimberly Eskridge, John Leland graduate
2014: Reframing Theological Anthropology for an Ecological Age
Catholic University of America
Presentation by Dr. Jame Schaefer, Marquette University
2013: Reframing the Civil War: Religion, Race and Culture
with Gettysburg and Howard Faculty at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg and new Seminary Ridge Museum
Saturday, September 21, 2013
2012: Theology in the Public Sphere
The John Leland Center, September 2012
Drs. Garry Dorrien and Shaun Casey