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Louisville Seminary Celebrates its 164th Commencement

Jun 04, 2018

Class of 2018
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its 164th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The seminary conferred Master of Divinity degrees to 28 students. Nine students earned Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degrees, and Doctor of Ministry degrees were conferred to 4 students. Eight students earned a Certificate in Black Church Studies. Three students earned a Certificate in Education Ministry, and one student received a Pastoral Studies Diploma.

SEE THE LIST OF 2018 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 2018 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATE AWARD WINNERS.

Lindvall gradAs 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. Michael Lindvall (pictured). Lindvall is the senior minister emeritus at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Devoted Service Awards were also given to Leonard Jordan, moderator of the Synod of Living Waters, and Steven Merrin, moderator of the Synod of Mid-America.

Lindvall also served as the commencement speaker. His commencement address, "Professional?", reminded graduates of the risky but necessary need to deeply love those who they are called to serve.

WATCH "PROFESSIONAL?" DELIVERED BY MICHAEL LINDVALL.

Lindvall is the author of numerous essays published in both periodicals and books. He has written two novels: The Good News from North Haven (Doubleday, Pocket, Crossroads), which made the New York Times best-seller list, as well as its sequel, Leaving North Haven (Crossroads). He is also the author of three volumes of accessible theology: A Geography of God (Westminster-John Knox), What Did Jesus Do: A Crash Course in His Life and Times (Sterling), and Knowing God’s Triune Story (Witherspoon).

Williamson-Baccalaureate-2018Prior to Commencement, Louisville Seminary's Baccalaureate worship service was held in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Seminary. Scott C. Williamson, Louisville Seminary’s Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics, delivered the Baccalaureate sermon, "The Journey to a New Season", and referenced scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Each year, members of the graduating class select the Baccalaureate preacher and create a worship service. Williamson (pictured) joined Louisville Seminary’s faculty in 1997 to teach theological ethics. Williamson’s research on the moral thought of Frederick Douglass was published by Mercer University Press (2001), and his research on resistance ethics was published as a chapter in Resistance and Theological Ethics, by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2004). Williamson has also published for the church. Notably, he contributed to Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, published by Westminster John Knox Press (2011).

Louisville Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program is Williamson’s great joy. He was one of three professors who first discussed the possibility of a BCS program at Louisville Seminary, and, in the years that followed, he championed the cause and shared in the hard work of building a strong program. The BCS program is now a signature feature of the Louisville Seminary curriculum.

READ MORE ABOUT SCOTT C. WILLIAMSON.

SEE PICTURES FROM LOUISVILLE SEMINARY'S 2018 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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