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2018 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion
FOT 2018


What should the role of the church be in the #MeToo era? Naming instances of sexual abuse, unhealthy sexual relationships, and gender discrimination is a critically important first step—but what more can be done? This year’s dynamic Festival of Theology speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders will address these urgent questions, helping us to understand what has gone awry in our society and exploring ways that church leaders, counselors, and laity can foster socially and sexually healthier communities, communities that are grounded in Christian love and justice.


Jennifer BesteDr. Jennifer Beste is professor of theology and holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

She is author of College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics: The Lives and Longings of Emerging Adults (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). She also wrote God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace and Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Her research interests include trauma theory and Christian theology; ethnography and Christian ethics; sexual ethics; feminist ethics; and children and justice, and Catholicism.


Yena HwangRev. Yena K. Hwang is the associate pastor at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1997) and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2006). She is a trained life coach, working toward becoming a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation.

Yena received her ordination through the National Capital Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2007 and is a proud member of the Korean American Presbyterian Clergywomen, with whom she published Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen (Judson Press, 2015).


Angela Cowser
Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser
(MDiv '06)

Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry Programs
Kilen Gray-FOT
Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray
(MDiv '02, DMin '16)

Dean of Students
Cindy Guertin-Anderson
Guertin-Anderson, LMFT

(MAMFT '07)


Abbi Long
Rev. Abbi Long
(MDiv '15)

Teacher, writer, and speaker
Carol Cook FOT
Dr. Carol J. Cook
Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology


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 have advanced the Seminary’s mission, thereby, enhancing Louisville Seminary’s impact on the Church and future generations of students. The 2018 Distinguished Alum Awards Luncheon will take place Friday, November 9. See the registration page for more details.

Conrad Sharps
Rev. Dr. Conrad Sharps
(MDiv '85)
Cindy Guertin-Anderson
Guertin-Anderson, LMFT

(MAMFT '07)
Brad Wigger
Rev. Dr. J. Bradley Wigger
(MDiv '84)
Lisa Hermann
Rev. Lisa Hermann
(MDiv '09)




Chapel Service
Thursday, November 8 I 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Service planned by Louisville Seminary's Alum Board.

Invitation to Sit in on Classes
Thursday, November 8 I 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Get a first-hand look at the outstanding theological education that Louisville Seminary offers. Attendees are invited to sit in on Hebrew (taught by Rev. Justin Reed), Human Growth (taught by Dr. Carol Cook), and Preaching (taught by Rev. Dr. Debra Mumford) classes.

Delta Kappa New Member Ceremony
Thursday, November 8 I 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Delta Kappa Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society recognizes the achievements of current students as well as practitioners already in the field of marriage and family therapy who have achieved distinction and continue to make significant contributions to the field.


Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion Kickoff
Thursday, November 8 I 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This is an all-campus pizza party with music provided by Mundo Brew (featuring Professors Brad Wigger and Chris Elwood).

Class photos will be taken at this time.


Alum Association Breakfast
Friday, November 9 I 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Caldwell Lecture: Fulfillment and Justice: A New Approach for Fostering Sexual Justice in Christian Communities
Friday, November 9 I 9:30-11:00 a.m.

American culture today celebrates unattached casual sex and eroticizes sexual inequality and domination. How can Christian communities offer powerful counter-cultural spaces where people actively help each other become fully human and create sexually just communities? After sharing insights from college students wrestling with the task of becoming fully human within their culture of parties and hookups, Dr. Jennifer Beste will propose a number of interconnected actions that churches, therapists, and Christian leaders can take to nurture communities and sexual relationships grounded in Christian love and justice.

Worship and Memorial Service
Friday, November 9 I 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Alum preacher Rev. Yena Hwang will lead this service which will continue to build on the Festival’s theme. During this service we will also remember and honor those from the Louisville Seminary community who died this past year.

Distinguished Alum Award Luncheon
Friday, November 9 I 12:40-2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Deconstructing Masculinity
Friday, November 9 I 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT '07) will moderate this discussion featuring Caldwell Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Beste, Louisville Seminary Dean of Students Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray (MDiv '02, DMin '16), and Black Church Studies/Doctor of Ministry Associate Dean and Associate Professor of BCS Rev. Dr. Dean Angela Cowser (MDiv '06).

Friday, November 9 I 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Faith and Sex: Empowering Christian Families
Rev. Abbi Long (MDiv '15)
Co-author of the These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home educational series

Creating Safe Spaces
Dr. Carol J. Cook
Louisville Seminary's Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastor Theology

1960s and 50th Class Year Reunions
Friday, November 9 I 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Decades Reunion Gatherings Around Town
Friday, November 9 I 5:30-8:30 p.m.


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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