Fridays at the Seminary

An ongoing reflection series featuring compelling topics and hosted by theological thinkers. We are in planning stages for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year. We are excited to have Dr. Thomas G. Long with us in November!
See the sidebar for information on the two lectures he will be offering at VTS.

Fridays at the Seminary lectures and workshops are typically held in the Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Center, lower level. Some of this year's Fridays will be held in the Immanuel Chapel as part of the Dedicatory Year. Program fee includes morning refreshments and lunch. Registration opens August 1, 2015.

November 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dr. Thomas G. Long

Advent Pilgrimage: A Walk Through Sacred Space
December 4, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

A Day with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
May 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Immanuel Chapel Dedicatory Year presents
Thomas Dix Bowers Preaching Fellowship Lectures

The Good Funeral and the Good Funeral Sermon

Dr. Thomas G. Long will share about trends, changes, and challenges in Christian funerals and other death rituals; explore what a "good funeral" might be today; and spend some time thinking through what qualities a "good funeral sermon" might have. Morning of Nov. 6. Actual time TBD.

Preaching in More than One Voice: Enchantment, Wisdom and Disruption
In his second lecture, Dr. Thomas G. Long will explore how preaching can respond to a fragmented and pluralistic envvironment of contemporary culture. He will claim that preachers need to cultivate the capacity to preach in multiple "voices" (voices that are also found in scripture) expounding on practical implications and expressions of three of these voices: enchantment, wisdom, and disruption. Afternoon of Nov. 6. Actual time TBD.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and the author or editor of 14 books on preaching and worship.

In 1996, Dr. Long was named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English speaking world by Baylor University, along with the likes of Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, James Forbes, Barbara Brown Taylor and William Willimon. He was ordained by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and currently his ordination is held by the PCUSA.

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