Noted Methodists to Speak at Annual Drew Seminary Event

MADISON, NJ—The Drew Theological School’s annual Tipple-Vosburgh lecture series, scheduled for October 14-16, will feature several programs, lectures and worship services led by prominent Methodists.  The theme for this year’s series is “The World is My Parish: Church, Academy and Civic Engagement.”

As the first of this year’s featured plenary speakers, Dr. Morrey Davis, assistant professor of the history of Christianity and Wesleyan/Methodist studies at Drew, will speak on the “Wesleyan Mandate” to service.  Bishop Felton E May, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, will deliver remarks titled “Engaging Shalom.”  Reverend Janet L. Wolf, the series’ third plenary speaker, will discuss the criminal justice system.

Other plenary speakers include Rita Nakashima Brock of Faith Voices for the Common Good and Dr. Robert Weisbuch, president of Drew University, who will speak about civic engagement.

In addition to the lectures, participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops.  Linda Bales, program director of the Louise and Hugh Moore Population Project at the General Board of Church and Society, will lead “The Social Principles of the UMC.”  “Reaching Out to Victims of Violent Crimes” will be led by Rev. Dr. Bruce Cook, executive director of Georgia’s Crime Victims Advocacy Council.  Rev. Dr. Michael Christensen, director of Communities of Shalom, will co-facilitate “Organizing a Community of Shalom” with Jean-Pierre Duncan.  Dr. Maxine Clarke-Beach, dean of the Drew Theological School, will run a session titled “Struggling with Justice alongside the Bible.”

The three-day event will also include two worship opportunities.  Rev. Dr. Eugene Lowry and Professor Heather Murray Elkins will preside over the services.

For more information about the 2008 Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Alumni/ae Reunion, please visit


Posted: August 18, 2008