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2017 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion

MARCH 26 - 28, 2017



On “game day” we fill stadiums and arenas to capacity ready to fervently support our favorite teams. The price of admission is seldom cheap. We spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a ticket. If we can’t see it in person, we turn on our televisions and spend hours on end watching, cheering and booing. Imagine if this same passion was experienced in our houses of worship. Imagine if we approached our spirituality with such enthusiasm.

Louisville Seminary’s 2017 Festival of Theology takes a challenging and relevant look at where our priorities stand in the face of sports and the sports entertainment industry. If we can pour souls into the home team’s victory and suffer in its defeat, what keeps us from doing the same on the Sabbath?

Lecturers and Speakers

Dr. John B. White
Assistant Professor and holder of the Harold and Dottie Riley Professorship in Practical Theology and Director of the Sport Chaplaincy/Ministry Program at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University 

Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop
Pastor/Head of Staff, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, N.C.

Rev. David Snardon
(MDiv '11)

Pastor of Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., and former Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Nicole Ward
Nicole Y. Ward, MA
(MAMFT '04)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Behavioral Health Professional

Lectures and Workshops

Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse
Monday, March 27 I 9:30 a.m. I Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

Caldwell Lecturer Marcia Mount Shoop is the fourth generation in her family ordained to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Her husband, John, coached in the National Football League and Division I college football for twenty-six years. John and Marcia host a podcast, “Going Deep: Sports in the 21st Century” that explores some of the pressing issues in revenue sports today.

Shoop's lecture will address some of these issues and how they impact our culture.

Who is Afraid of Sports? Play, Bodies, and Formation (Part One)
Monday, March 27 I 2:30 p.m. I Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

Greenhoe Lecturer John B. White will share his perspective in sports chaplain ministry and the spiritual, personal and professional challenges that athletes (and fans alike) face in the midst of major sports.

Child Abuse and Child Sex Trafficking
MFT Continuing Education Breakfast
Tuesday, March 28 I 9:30 a.m. I Winn Center, McAtee A and B

Sex trafficking of both adults and minors is a very real crime in our society. During major sporting events that draw large crowds from different parts of the world, incidences of sex trafficking and abuse are often on the rise.

Louisville Seminary alum Nicole Y. Ward (MAMFT, '04) will share her perspectives as a behavioral health professional on this issue, and she will share tips on how to identify potential victims of childhood sex trafficking. Eligible for 1 CEU for licensed marriage and family therapists.

Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports
Tuesday, March 28 I 9:30 a.m. I Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

Caldwell Lecturer Marcia Mount Shoop will discuss some of the impacts that our culture's obsession with sports and sports entertainment has on our spirituality.

Who is Afraid of Sports? Play, Bodies, and Formation (Part Two)
Tuesday, March 28 & bull 2:30 p.m. & bull Gardencourt, Hundley Hall

Greenhoe Lecturer John White will offer more insights to pastoral guidance for those involved in major college sports.

Chapel Services

Worship Service
Monday, March 27 l 11:30 a.m. l Caldwell Chapel

Worship and Memorial Service
Tuesday, March 28 l 11:30 a.m. l Caldwell Chapel

The Rev. David Snardon (MDiv '11) is this year's Festival of Theology Alum Preacher.

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Distinguished Alums

The Distinguished Alum Award is given to those who have made a lasting impact on the Church and society through outstanding professional, volunteer, or philanthropic accomplishments; and/or who has advanced the Seminary’s mission, thereby, enhancing Louisville Seminary’s impact on the Church and future generations of students. The 2017 Distinguished Alum Awards Dinner will Take place Tuesday, March 28. See the registration page for more details.

Deborah Block (MDiv '77)
Kilen Gray (MDiv 02, DMin '16)
Karen Kokles Akin (MDiv '79)


Attendees are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Rooms on campus at Laws Lodge have been blocked off under “Festival of Theology/Alum – Guests”.  Reservations can be made by calling Laws Lodge directly at (502) 992-0220.


For more information, contact Sandra Moon, 800.264.1839, ext. 348 | smoon@lpts.edu
or Beth Henley, 800.264.1839, ext. 353 | bhenley@lpts.edu
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