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Strength of Faith in Times of Fear is focus of Louisville Seminary's 2016 Festival of Theology

Mar 14, 2016

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Moderator Heath Rada among keynote speakers

From April 3-5, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host its 2016 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion. The theme for this year’s festival is Making Room for Grace: Practicing Faith in an Age of Fear. Festival programs will feature renowned theologians who will consider how affirming one’s faith and respecting the faith traditions of others can lead to a more unified, peaceful and productive society. All festival activities will take place on Louisville Seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205). Registration fees begin at $25 per person. Registration and more information is available online at www.lpts.edu/reunion.

PHOTO-web-radaWorld-class Speakers
Heath K. Rada (pictured), moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is among this year’s Festival of Theology speakers. Rada, who issued a “Call to the Church” in September 2015, is traveling to several churches and seminaries around the country to discuss the current state and future of the Presbyterian Church.

Christine Pohl, associate provost and professor of Christian ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, and Eric H.F. Law, founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, will be the festival’s keynote speakers. Pohl will address Christian responses in a culture of fear and frenzy, and Law will talk about the importance of inclusiveness as well as creating sustainable and thriving ministries.

Wesley Ariarajah, professor of ecumenical theology at Drew University School of Theology, returns to Louisville Seminary this spring as a visiting professor for the seminary’s Doors to Dialogue program. Ariarajah, Pohl and Law will participate in a panel discussion, Nothing to Fear: Affirming the Christian Faith While Respecting the Difference of Other Religions.

Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT ’06), clinical director of the Center for Women and Families in Louisville, Kentucky, will give a presentation that will focus on therapeutic and pastoral approaches to dealing with trauma.

J. Herbert Nelson II (DMin ’02), director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., is this year’s alum preacher and will preside over the April 5 worship and necrology service.


For Louisville Seminary Alums
The festival and reunion will kick off with an Alum Afternoon at the Louisville Science Center on April 3, followed by a welcome/jazz reception at Laws Lodge near Gardencourt. On April 5, there will be a 50th class reunion tour of the seminary’s old campus on Broadway in downtown Louisville. Later that evening, Louisville Seminary’s 2016 Distinguished Alums, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (MDiv ’95), Ann Laird Jones (MDiv ’82), Charles Leo Stanford (BD ’58) and Angela Cowser (MDiv ’06), will be honored at the annual Distinguished Alum and First Decade Awards Banquet.
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