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Festival of Theology to address pastoral care and counseling in a diverse world

by Louisville Seminary | Apr 19, 2012
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host an ensemble of Christian leaders and scholars to address the challenges of meeting the pastoral care and counseling needs of individuals in a diverse world at the 2012 Festival of Theology, “Caring Across Cultures,” April 29 through May 1 on the Seminary’s campus.

“For marriage and family therapists and pastors, pastoral care can be a daunting task within today’s complicated contexts. The world is changing, family structures are changing, encountering difference and the ‘other’ is daily fare,” said Seminary Dean David C. Hester, who is helping to coordinate some of the Festival events.

Through lectures, sermons, one-time classes with LPTS faculty, and conversations, participants will interact with these experts and explore how counseling is changing, how it is being changed as a result of today’s increasingly pluralistic world, and “what’s next” for multicultural competency in pastoral care and counseling.

All lectures and sermons will be presented in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Seminary | 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205. The Festival is $20 per person. Meals are priced separately. Visit www.lpts.edu/Reunion for a detailed schedule and online registration.

The 2012 Festival of Theology lineup includes:

The Rev. Dr. Alice M. Graham

  • Ministry in the Midst of Communal Disaster, Monday, April 30, 8 p.m.
  • Building Resiliency with the Spirit of Humanity and Joy, Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 p.m.
Since 2009, Alice M. Graham has served as the Executive Director of Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force, which is enhancing the recovery, preparedness, and resiliency of coastal constituents and those who are most vulnerable. In her award-winning work, she is helping to strengthen the capacity of faith-based organizations to meet urgent and long-term needs and building relationships with persons from the diverse faith perspectives reflected in the culturally rich coastal context to work together for future disasters. A pastoral counselor with 30 years of experience, Graham taught pastoral care and counseling at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C., and served in related fields in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and North Carolina. She is President-elect of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

Dr. Emmanuel Yartekwei Lartey

  • From Melting Pot to Tossed Salad Bowl: Cultural realities of our postmodern and postcolonial global environment, Monday, April 30, 2:30 p.m.
  • Pastoral care and counseling in the tossed salad bowl, Tuesday, May 1, 9 a.m.
Emmanuel Lartey is Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. As a pastor, scholar, teacher, and researcher, he has contributed widely to the international field of pastoral care and counseling. His interests and research are focused on the theological implications and practical effects of pastoral care and counseling in a diversity of cultures, with particular reference to African, British, and American expressions. He is the author of In Living Colour: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling (2nd ed., 2003), numerous articles, and chapters in pastoral care and counseling textbooks. Ordained minister in the Methodist Church, Lartey has served as a pastor in Ghana and at the Ghana Interdenominational Church and the United Ghana Christian Church, both in Atlanta. As a professional in pastoral care and counseling, he has served on numerous boards related to the field, including as past President of the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling (ICPCC) and as a member of the Theological Education Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

Bishop Teresa E. Snorton (MDiv ’82)

  • Sisters and Brothers by other Mothers, John 10: 11-16, Monday, April 30, 11:30 a.m.
  • Encounters for Change, Luke 10: 25-37, Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Teresa E. Snorton is the Presiding Bishop of the 5th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, which includes the states of Alabama and Florida. When she was elected in 2008, she became the first female bishop in the 140-year history of her denomination. Snorton served as the Executive Director of the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Inc. for 12 years prior to her election as bishop. As a graduate of Louisville Seminary (MDiv ’82), an ordained CME minister, and ACPE Supervisor and a board certified chaplain, Snorton has served as a pastor in Kentucky and as a member of the adjunct faculty of Louisville Seminary. She has published work on pastoral supervision, care in a multi-cultural world, and pastoral care and ministry. She is frequently a consultant, guest speaker, and preacher for churches, hospitals, seminaries, and conferences on mul-ticultural, ethical, and gender issues in health care, aging issues, pastoral care, and education.
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