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2019 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion
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This year's Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion will address the concept of intersectionality. How do social categories such as race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, and circumstance, apply to our church's (and Louisville Seminary's) calling to answer God's Divine Invitation of “Whosoever” (John 3:16) as the foundation for engaging the world and building bridges between God and humanity? How can we find holy ground by acknowledging the differences among us?


Sanders FOT IIThe Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II, is the Senior Servant and Founder of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church (established 1981) in Nashville, Tennessee. This congregation attracts a broad cross-section of people with the mission of being “inclusive of all and alienating to none.” Metropolitan has outreach ministries in the areas of substance abuse, advocacy for children, sexual violence, and harm reduction, and since 1984 has provided services to persons infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS with the First Response Center being founded in 1992.

Sanders, who served as Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University, is a member of the NAACP, the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship and the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership, and served as a Commissioner for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Appointed to the CDC Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention during the Clinton Administration, he served five years on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Bush Administration. He also served as co-chair of the National Syphilis Elimination Working Group and was involved with the Obama Administration White House Office on AIDS in implementing the National AIDS Strategy.



Chandra IrvinRev. Chandra Irvin, M.Ed. (MDiv '15) is the Executive Director for Peace and Spiritual Renewal at Spalding University and the President and Founder of Irvin, Goforth & Irvin LLC, a consulting firm committed to advancing peace, purpose, and performance in the lives of individuals and organizations. She is a certified coach, facilitator, and minister for peace with expertise in cross-cultural relations and conflict resolution; and a certified master consultant on Polarity Thinking, a breakthrough strategy which combines “either/or” and “both/and” thinking to supplement traditional methods of creative planning and problem solving. Employing these skills, Chandra has helped individuals, leaders, and organizations in the U.S. and abroad to: simplify complexity; overcome chronic difficulties; resolve conflicts; and build meaningful relations across diverse groups.

In ministry Chandra journeys with individuals and groups, providing resources and space to answer such questions as, “How do I find meaning in my life?” “How can I exercise individual freedom while demonstrating my commitment to the well-being of all?” “Why do we do what we do?” and “How can we relate ethically and spiritually with one another across our diverse cultures?” In the answers to such questions, they clarify their purpose, align their values, discover possibilities, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals.


The Distinguished Alum Award is given to those who have made a lasting impact on the Church and society through outstanding professional, volunteer, or philanthropic accomplishments; and/or who have advanced the Seminary’s mission, thereby, enhancing Louisville Seminary’s impact on the Church and future generations of students. The 2019 Distinguished Alum Awards Luncheon will take place Friday, November 8.

Nosheen Khan
Rev. Prof. Nosheen Khan (ThM '01)
Gujranwala Theological Seminary
Majid Abel
Rev. Dr. Majid Abel (ThM '97, DMin '01)
Senior Pastor of Naulakha Presbyterian Church
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan



Registration and Check-In
Thursday, November 7 I 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
(Winn Center Lobby)

Chapel Service
Thursday, November 7 I 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Caldwell Chapel)

Service planned by Louisville Seminary's Alum Board.

Community Luncheon
Thursday, November 7 I 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Winn Center Cafeteria)

Seminary Course Offerings
Thursday, November 7 I 1:30-2:45 p.m.

History of Christian Experience II
Dr. Chris Elwood
(Fellowship Hall)

Human Growth and Transformation
Dr. Carol Cook
(Schlegel 121)

Torah and Former Prophets
Justin Reed
(Schlegel 122)

Delta Kappa New Member Ceremony
Thursday, November 7 I 5:00-6:00 p.m.
(Gardencourt/Hundley Hall)

Delta Kappa Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society recognizes the achievements of current students as well as practitioners already in the field of marriage and family therapy who have achieved distinction and continue to make significant contributions to the field.

All-Class Seminary Reunion/Decade Class Photos
Thursday, November 7 I 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(Winn Center Lobby)

This is an all-campus pizza party with music provided by Mundo Brew (featuring Professors Brad Wigger and Chris Elwood).


Registration and Check-In
Friday, November 8 I 7:30-11:30 a.m.
(Winn Center Lobby

Alum Association Breakfast
Friday, November 8 I 8:00-9:30 a.m.
(Winn Center Cafeteria)

Caldwell Lecture: Whosoever: Finding Holy Ground
Friday, November 8 I 9:30-11:00 a.m.
(Caldwell Chapel)

Keynote speaker Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II, will address the Festival of Theology's theme.

Friday, November 8 I 11:00-11:30 a.m.
(Winn Center Lobby)

Worship and Memorial Service
Friday, November 8 I 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Alum preacher Rev. Chandra Irvin will lead this service which will continue to build on the Festival’s theme. During this service, we will also remember and honor those from the Louisville Seminary community who died this past year.

Distinguished Alum Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 8 I 12:30-2:30 p.m.
(Gardencourt/Hundley Hall)

Awardees: Rev Dr. Majid Abel and Rev. Dr. Nosheen Khan

Teaching Beyond the Classroom
Friday, November 8 I 3:00-4:30 p.m.
(Schlegel Hall 122 and 123)

President's Reception
Friday, November 8 I 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Decade Gatherings
Friday, November 8 I 7:00-9:00 p.m.
(Details forthcoming.)


Attendees are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Rooms on campus at Laws Lodge have been blocked off under “Festival of Theology/Alum – Guests”.  Reservations can be made by calling Laws Lodge directly at (502) 992-0220.



For more information, contact The Office of Institutional Advancement, 800.264.1839, ext. 353 | giving@lpts.edu.
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