Fridays at the Seminary

An ongoing reflection series featuring compelling topics and hosted by theological thinkers. View the 2014-2015 Fridays schedule.

Fridays at the Seminary lectures and workshops are held in the Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Center, lower level. Registration includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Shepherds, Stable, Star and...Popcorn?: The Nativity of Jesus in Movies
December 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony

How World Christianity is Changing World Mission
March 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Robert Heaney

Practicing Resurrection: Deepening Faith as the Body of Christ
April 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Dr. Timothy Sedgwick

Sparkling in the Darkness: The Spirituality of Pauli Murray
May 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Register
Professor Donyelle C. McCray
Why Keep Advent?
The Texts of RCL Year B.

How can the Sunday readings of the revised common lectionary guide our spirituality through the hectic days of December? We will discuss the season and examine the texts appointed for Advent in the upcoming year B.

Gail Ramshaw, Emerita professor of religion at La Salle University, is a Lutheran scholar of liturgical language who studies and crafts texts for worship from her home outside of Washington, D.C. She has written and lectured extensively on the Revised Common Lectionary, for example in “Lectionary Notes,” the weekly liturgical resource available at, and in the publication A Three-Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly.

Keeping Advent
As American society continues to insist that Christmas is a practice of shopping that starts at Halloween, Christians find more reason to reflect on the meaning of Advent.

Why we should be glad to observe Advent, and how do the Sunday readings of the Revised Common Lectionary guide our spirituality through December? We will discuss Advent and then examine the texts that the RCL appoints for Advent in the upcoming year B.

Our day together will be helpful for everyone who wants to be more profoundly inserted into the season and the Word, including lay worshipers, musicians, intercessors, preachers, and priests.