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Felicia LaBoy to be Installed as BCS/Advanced Learning Assoc. Dean and Asst. BCS Prof. at 163rd Fall Convocation

Aug 01, 2016

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will kick off its 163rd academic year with its Opening Convocation, which will take place Thursday, September 8, 2016. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel located on Louisville Seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The public is invited to attend.

Felicia LaBoyA highlight of this fall’s Convocation is the formal installation of the Rev. Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy (pictured) as Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning and Assistant Professor of Black Church Studies. LaBoy, a recognized expert in the fields of faith-based community development, social justice, evangelism, racial reconciliation and leadership development, joined the seminary’s faculty in 2015.

LaBoy’s Convocation address, The Cost to Change: What it Really Takes to BE and DO Something Different, will draw on Luke 5:1-11 and will address the need to make some tough personal changes in our lives to live in the spirit of Christ. Such challenges may include shedding our apathy, giving up our reputation or even being mocked by others with differing opinions.

“This is relevant in the midst of the systemic racism prevalent on our society,” said LaBoy. “If those with privilege are unwilling to accept the challenges of change – change that will shake the foundation of our institutions, policies, practices, ideas, and behaviors - then there will be no justice. Peter has to accept the cost of change to be a true servant of the Lord, and so must we.”

LaBoy received her doctorate in theology, ethics and history as well as her Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois), her Master of Arts degree in Christian ministries from Indiana Christian University (South Bend, Indiana), her Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (Durham, North Carolina), and her Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania). She is a certified professional trainer with emphasis on teambuilding, diversity training and leadership development.

She is also an ordained Elder in Full Connection with the United Methodist Church (Northern Illinois Conference) and received a certification in evangelism from the General Board of Discipleship of United Methodist Church (Northern Illinois Conference).

Prior to coming to work at Louisville Seminary, LaBoy was Assistant Professor of Evangelization at United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio), where she also served as Director of the seminary’s Center for Urban Ministry.
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