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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Celebrates 161st Commencement

Jun 15, 2015

Class of 2015
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its 161st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The seminary conferred Master of Divinity degrees to 23 students. Seven students earned Master of Arts degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, and four students earned Master of Arts degrees in Religion. Doctor of Ministry degrees were conferred to six students. Eleven students earned a Certificate in Black Church Studies. Two students earned a Certificate in Education Ministry, and two students earned a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Supervision. Diplomas in Pastoral Studies were conferred to five students.

SEE THE LIST OF 2015 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATES.

DOWNLOAD PICTURES FROM LOUISVILLE SEMINARY’S 161ST COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES.

During the commencement exercises, several students were recognized for their accomplishments in a variety of fields including preaching, theology, the integration of theology with marriage and family therapy, field education and overall academic achievement.

SEE THE LIST OF 2015 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATE AWARD WINNERS.

Mike McCurryAs part of the ceremony, the Devoted Service Awards, which recognize individuals for their dedicated service in the life of the Church, were presented to the Rev. Mary Newberg Gale, Moderator of the Synod of Mid-America, the Rev. Don Payne, Moderator of the Synod of Living Waters, and Michael D. McCurry (pictured), Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary.

McCurry also served as the commencement speaker. His commencement address, “Kingdom Politics: Speaking Truth to a Broken World,” challenged the graduates to go forth in the world confident that they can help restore civility and genuine compassion in our national political dialogue.

LISTEN TO MICHAEL MCCURRY’S COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS.



McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly four decades of experience in Washington, D.C. He was the White House Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998) and Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993-1995). From 1988 to 1990, McCurry was the Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee. In addition to his service at Wesley Seminary, he is also a Principal at the Washington, D.C., public affairs and communications consulting firm Public Strategies Washington, Inc.

READ MORE ABOUT MICHAEL D. MCCURRY.

Prior to Commencement, Louisville Seminary’s Baccalaureate worship service was held in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Seminary. The Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell, Louisville Seminary Professor of Theology, delivered the Baccalaureate sermon, “Called by Name” – Isaiah 43:1-2a and John 7:37-38.

LISTEN TO SHANNON CRAIGO-SNELL’S BACCALAUREATE SERMON.



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Shannon Craigo-SnellEach year, members of the graduating class select the Baccalaureate preacher and create a worship service. Craigo-Snell (pictured) joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2011 as a constructive systematic theologian. She earned degrees (PhD, MPhil, MA, and MDiv) at Yale University and Yale Divinity School. From 2001 to 2011, Craigo-Snell taught in the Religious Studies department at Yale University, where she also earned several Yale fellowships and professional research grants. In 2014 Craigo-Snell was ordained to the Office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Craigo-Snell is faculty director of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 annual prize given jointly by Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville for creative ideas that best illuminate the relationship between human beings and the divine.

READ MORE ABOUT SHANNON CRAIGO-SNELL.

About Louisville Seminary
Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world's religious, racial and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. For more information, call (800) 264-1839 or log onto www.lpts.edu.
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