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  • Faculties’ Convocations

    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.

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    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.

    Learn more and register here.

    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

    Responses from

    • 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

    Panel Discussion:

    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

    Convocation 2016 Panel Bios

    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

    Faculty Panel Bios

    2014: Reframing Theological Anthropology for an Ecological Age

    Catholic University of America

    September 29, 2014
    Faculty Discussing

    Presentation by Dr. Jame Schaefer, Marquette University

    Synopsis of Schaefer Address

    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

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    Faculties Convocation 2013 Photos

    2012: Theology in the Public Sphere

    The John Leland Center,  September 2012

    Drs. Garry Dorrien and Shaun Casey