The Tipple-Vosburgh Lecture Series

The series was originally established by the fifth Drew president Ezra Squier Tipple and his wife Edna White Tipple.  Nowadays it is an annual Theological School conference and alumni reunion that features many major scholars in its roster of speakers.  Recent conference themes have included: “Greening the Church for the Next Millenium”; “The Bible: Weapon or Wisdom?”; “Christology across Confessions and Cultures”;  “The World is My Parish: Church, Academy and Civic Engagement”; “Beauty and Brokenness: the Art of Repairing the World”; and “Soul Work: A Conversation in Spiritual Practices”. The 2012 Tipple-Vosburgh event “Faith, Race, and Politics”, was held October 16 – 18.   The 2013 conference was held October 15-17, and focused on the topic, “Being Church:Staying Relevant in a Changing World.”  Mark your calendars now for Tipple-Vosburgh 2014, “Faith, Science, and the Church’s Voice” which will be held on October 14-15.

Additional Lectures and Special Events:

The Henri J. M. Nouwen Lecture in Classical Christian Spirituality 

This lectureship honors renowned priest, Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen, and brings major scholars of spirituality to Drew. This lecture was established in 2000 by an initial gift from Marilyn Foss Anderson (C ’77) and her husband, Vernon.

The Nelle K. Morton Lecture
Dedicated to Drew’s early feminist educator and theologian Nelle K. Morton, the lecture highlights women’s issues in society, theology, and religious communities. The 2013 Nelle Morton Lecture was held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Seminary Hall, Craig Chapel. Guest Lecturer, Rev. Dr. Sharon Betcher spoke on, “Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop:  From “Disability” to a Theology of Social Flesh in a World of Becoming.”

The Frederick A. Shippey Lecture
Established in honor of Professor Frederick A. Shippey to further scholarship in the sociology of religion. The 2013 Frederick A. Shippey Lecture will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:30 p.m. in Seminary Hall, Craig Chapel. Dr. Milagro Pena, Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Florida, will speak on “Latin/Hispanic Ministry in a U.S. 21st Century: Lessons for Community Leadership”.

The Bard Thompson Lecture in Liturgy and Music 

The 2013 Bard Thompson Lecture will feature Dr. Fred Kimball Graham presenting a lecture on “Links: Vatican II, Lectionary, and Revised Common Lectionary.” Dr. Graham’s lecture is October 31, 2013 at 12:00pm in Seminary Hall 101. He will also be playing the organ and preaching at chapel service the same day at 11:20am. This annual lectureship honors the life and work of Dr. Bard Thompson, who was professor of church history at Drew’s Theological and Graduate Schools, and dean of the Drew Graduate School from 1969-1986. He authored numerous books on church history, including Liturgies of the Western Church.

The Halstead Lecture
Endowed by the late Dr. Frank Halstead, the lecture brings major scholars of religion in antiquity to Drew.

The Hispanic/Latino/a Theology and Religion Lecture
The annual lecture is hosted by the Hispanic Institute of Theology.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance
The annual observance is hosted by the Black Ministerial Caucus. The 2013 program, “Living out the King Legacy in a Global Context”, with guest speaker, Rev. Michael Walrond, was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

The Edward Leroy Long, Jr. Lecture in Peace Making
This lectureship honors Professor Edward Leroy Long, Jr., who has been active in developing the concept of peacemaking and its emergence in both ecclesiastical and academic institutions.

Korean Caucus Lecture
The 2012 Korean Caucus Lecture was held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012  in Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall. Dr. Joonki Kim, the guest speaker, spoke on Creativity Exercise. The Korean Caucus plans to offer a lecture each academic year.

Questions?: Contact Nancy VanderVeen, Director of Theological Lifelong Learning, at or 973-408-3084.