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Highlights from the 2018 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion

by Chris Wooton | Dec 17, 2018

FOT Opening

On November 8 and 9, 2018, Louisville Seminary hosted its annual Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion. The theme for this year's event was "Breaking the Silence: Sex, Power and the Church." Presentations and other programs addressed ethics and social justice issues that the church and society faces.

Breaking the Silence

Jennifer BesteDr. Jennifer Beste presented the Louisville Seminary Caldwell Lecture at the seminary's annual Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion. Beste's lecture, "Fulfillment and Justice: A New Approach for Fostering Sexual Justice in Christian Communities," addressed her research on the issues and ethics of the "college hookup culture." Beste is professor of theology and holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She is the author of College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics: The Lives and Longings of Emerging Adults and God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace and Freedom.

LISTEN TO JENNIFER BESTE'S CALDWELL LECTURE.

In keeping with the festival's theme, Beste joined Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray (MDiv '02, DMin '16), dean of student engagement, Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser (MDiv '06), associate dean of black church studies, and Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT '06), in a panel discussion about Deconstructing masculinity. Rev. Abbi Long (MDiv '15), co-author of These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church and Home, lead a workshop on Faith and Sex: Empowering Christian Families. Prof. Carol Cook led a workshop on Creating Safe Spaces. 

Honoring Our Alums

Distinguished Alums Banner 2018

Four alums were honored at this year's Distinguished Alum Awards Luncheon. Rev. Dr. Conrad C. Sharps (MDiv ’85), pastor of Amelia Plantation Chapel on Amelia Island, Florida; Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT ’06), director of the Employee Assistance Program for the Washington State Government; and Rev. Dr. J. Bradley Wigger (MDiv ’84), Louisville Seminary’s Second Presbyterian Church Professor of Christian Education received the 2018 Distinguished Alum Award. Rev. Lisa C. Hermann (MDiv ’09), chaplain for UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, received the 2018 Louisville Seminary First Decade Award.

Established in 1986, the Distinguished Alum Award is given to graduates of Louisville Seminary 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.

READ MORE ABOUT THE 2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUM AWARD RECIPIENTS.

Delta Kappa Inductees

Delta Kappa CoverNow in its second year, the Upsilon Chapter of the Marriage and family Therapy Delta Kappa Honor Society welcomed new inductees. They are: MAMFT students Laura Green, Leslie Cashion, Patricia McIntyre Salem, and Alicia Demartra-Pressley; and alums Megan Bartley (MAMFT '03), Motselisi Moseme (MAMFT '01) and Paul Thomas Wilson (PCS Certificate '04).

Delta Kappa is the official honor society for the field of marriage and family therapy and serves to further and complement the work being done by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the International Family Therapy Association.

READ MORE ABOUT THE DELTA KAPPA MFT HONOR SOCIETY.

In Faith and Unity

Remembrance ServiceWhat would a Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion be without opportunities to celebrate our faith? On November 8, Alum Association representatives Rev. Joanna Hipp (MDiv '14), Rev. Shawn Stinson (MAMFT '10), and Rev. G. Todd Williams (MDiv '99) organized a pre-festival service, which was held in Caldwell Chapel. At the service, Williams delivered a powerful sermon about "Difficult Passages."

On November 9, Rev. Yena Hwang (MAMFT '06) led the Worship and Service of Remembrance, where those from the Louisville Seminary Community who died over the past year were remembered. Hwang's sermon, "Vashti Breaks Silence" addressed scripture from Esther (1:10-12), where Vashti refused King Ahasuerus's orders to parade naked before the king's drunken guests.

With Thanks

The Alum Association Board of Directors wishes to thank Chris White (MDiv '02) and Mark Baridon (MDiv '88) for their service on the board. The terms of service have expired for both Chris and Mark, but we know they will always play vital roles in our Alum Association.

Warm Welcome

New to the Alum Board of Directors are Christian Boyd (MDiv '01), Bruce Burns (MDiv '08), Eric Bryant (MDiv & MAMFT '97)Karol Farris (MDiv ’14), and Risa Musto (MAMFT '08). The Louisville Seminary Alum Board Student Body Representative is Viisha Souza (MDiv).

Alum Board


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