Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will hold its opening Convocation of the spring semester of the 158th academic year, February 10, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel, on the Seminary campus.
The public is invited to attend as Dr. Amy Plantinga Pauw addresses theologically the concept of denomination, exploring both its strengths and weaknesses as a way of organizing the life of the church in her Convocation address, entitled “Two Cheers for Denominationalism!”
Dr. Pauw is the Henry P. Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Seminary. Since joining the faculty in 1990, she has taught a variety of courses including Christology, ecclesiology, feminist ethics and the theologies of Jonathan Edwards, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She has a growing interest in theologies of the global south and in the theological interpretation of Scripture.
Pauw, also is a consulting editor for Westminster John Knox Press’ new theological commentary series and serves on various editorial boards. She is writing a theological commentary on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and her other published books include The Supreme Harmony of All: Jonathan Edwards’ Trinitarian Theology; Making Time for God: Daily Devotions for Children and Families to Share (with Louisville Seminary Professor of New Testament Susan R. Garrett); and Essays in Reformed Feminist and Womanist Dogmatics (with Serene Jones).
During the Convocation service, seven students, who are beginning their theological studies or are new to a degree program, will be welcomed, along with three new employees.
The Allen T. and Wilma L. Christy Award will be presented to a student who demonstrates academic excellence in his or her studies while also demonstrating commitment and perseverance in preparation for pastoral ministry. The award was established in 1961 by Mrs. Wilma Christy in honor of her husband, Allen T. Christy, a 1938 alumnus who was killed in an automobile accident. Mrs. Christy died March 16, 2010, and at the request of the family the award is presented in February, the month that Mr. Christy died.