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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Celebrates its 162nd Commencement

Jun 07, 2016

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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its 162nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The seminary conferred Master of Divinity degrees to 16 students. Nine students earned Master of Arts degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, and three students earned Master of Arts degrees in Religion. Doctor of Ministry degrees were conferred to 17 students. Seven students earned a Certificate in Black Church Studies. Three students earned a Certificate in Education Ministry, and three students earned a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Supervision.

SEE THE LIST OF 2016 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATES.

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 2016 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATE AWARD WINNERS.

Paul Roberts 2As part of the ceremony, the Devoted Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their dedicated service in the life of the Church, was presented to the Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr. (pictured), President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

Roberts also served as the commencement speaker. His commencement address, "In Formation," challenged graduates to embrace the nature of God's Holy Spirit to bring people together around common understandings despite differences in their faith traditions and cultures.

WATCH "IN FORMATION" DELIVERED BY PAUL ROBERTS.


Roberts has been president of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary since 2010. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the only one that is historically African American. From 1997-2010, Roberts served as Pastor/Head of Staff of Church of the Master PC(USA) in Atlanta, a church founded in 1965 as an intentionally interracial congregation. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as a seminary president, Roberts serves as the Interim Preacher of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

Prior to Commencement, Louisville Seminary's Baccalaureate worship service was held in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Seminary. Carol J. Cook, Louisville Seminary's Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology, delivered the Baccalaureate sermon "Set Apart So We May Come Together."

Each year, members of the graduating class select the Baccalaureate preacher and create a worship service. Cook (pictured) joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2000, having been an adjunct instructor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary as a doctoral student. Her teaching interests include the integration of psychology and theology, exploration of gender issues in church and society, utilizing literature and the arts in theological education, and engaging interfaith diversity.

She is a marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified pastoral counselor. While her clinical experience is broad-based, Cook has a special interest in the challenges that adults face as they differentiate from their families of origin.

READ MORE ABOUT CAROL J. COOK.

DOWNLOAD PICTURES FROM LOUISVILLE SEMINARY'S 2016 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES AND BACCALAUREATE SERVICE.

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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