Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary hosted over 40 women from around the world as part of the 2009 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women held at the Convention Center in downtown Louisville, July 11-15, 2009. Seminary alumna Amy Robinson (MDiv ’08) accompanied one group and served as translator. The women attending the Gathering represented many countries, including Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, and Asia.
LPTS welcomed the women in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel for a short program on our Seminary history and Seminary life.
Dr. Johanna Bos and student Marie McCanless spoke about the Women’s Center and its mission, and they graciously opened up the Women’s Center facility for tours, refreshments, and to learn more about the Center.
In addition to her presentation on Women’s Center events, McCanless shared a testimony of her experiences related to Field Education. Student Melissa Gee and alumna Lisa Hermann spoke about the importance of student aid support, and particularly the Bookends Program.
One of the women on the tour was Jessie Fubara-Manuel, the spouse of LPTS Alum Benebo Fubara-Manuel (MAR ’96), who is currently Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. Jessie shared memories of Ben’s PhD studies at Calvin Theological Seminary after receiving his degree from LPTS. She said her husband continually says that his year at LPTS was as formative to his vocational identity as the entirety of his doctoral studies.
As a result of her experience on campus, Rev. Nicola Kontzi-Meresse of France, an author and pastor in the Reformed Church of France, donated a copy of her latest book to the Faculty and Seminary Library. It is entitled, La Journee Mondiale de Priere: Un Mouvement Ecumenique de Femmes, A Feminist Study on the World Day of Prayer.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) reported more than 2,500 Presbyterian women the triennial Churchwide Gathering, which had as its theme, God Will Do Wonders Among You.
“Participants attended workshops, witnessed the commissioning of PC(USA) mission co-workers, celebrated worship, received inspiration from plenary speakers and enjoyed fellowship with sisters in faith from around the world. Voting delegates to the business meeting accomplished significant work, incorporating Presbyterian Women and electing a leadership team, which for the first time has a Hispanic Latin American woman serving as moderator.”