Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Alumni Reunion.
Join us for the 2018 Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Theological School Alumni Reunion featuring Connecting Thought with Action: A Social Justice Forum presented by the Henry Luce Foundation, October 2–4 at Drew University.
Be a part of a new collaboration to generate ideas from thought leaders and form coalitions with activist organizations and justice artists as we expand the work in social justice historically done by our Theological School.
Rev. abby mohaupt is a PhD student at Drew University in Religion, Culture, Ecology and a minister member of San Francisco Presbytery. She is also the moderator of Fossil Free PCUSA, which completed a 212-mile long walk in the summer of 2018 to call on the PCUSA to divest from fossil fuels. A long distance runner and mixed media artist, abby is committed to using creativity and our bodies as catalysts to disrupt systems of oppression.
Annie A. Lockhart-Gilroy is Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary where she teaches classes on emacipatory pedagogies and youth, church, and culture. In addition to her writing and teaching about youth ministry and issues of justice, she has worked with youth as a teacher, coach, and youth minister. Her upcoming book is tentatively titled Nurturing the Sanctified Imagination of Urban Youth.
Bonjeong Koo was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently works in New York. He received his B.F.A. in painting at Hongik University in Seoul and Master of Divinity at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.
A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, On Being, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time, New York Times, Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and many other print and online media.
Brian has written several books and has written for or contributed interviews to many periodicals, including Leadership, Sojourners, Tikkun, Worship Leader, and Conversations. He is an active and popular blogger, a musician, and a songwriter, offering a variety of resources through his website, www.brianmclaren.net.
Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, preacher and educator. She is also the site coordinator of the Concord Freedom School, a literacy-based social justice education program for children in Bedford- Stuyvesant. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary. Currently, Minister Simpson serves on a team of Faith and Justice Educators for the United Methodist Women and is an associate minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ. It is Candace’s philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth.
Charon Hribar is the Director of Cultural Strategies at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice. She also serves as a Co-Director of Cultural Arts for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Over the past 15 years, Charon has been dedicated to the work of political education, leadership development, and integrating the use of arts and culture for movement building with community and religious leaders across the country. Believing that music is a powerful tool for social change, Charon is a vocalist who uses and teaches the art of protest music to embody the connections of culture, art, and history and promote collective action. Charon has a B.A. from Mercyhurst College (2002) and a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (2007).She earned her Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University (2016) where she also served as the coordinator of Drew University’s PREP (Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons) Program at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ (2012 – 2016). Charon is a trainer with Beyond the Choir, a collective working with social justice organizations to craft resonant messaging, plan strategic campaigns, and mobilize larger bases of support. She was an Opportunity Agenda 2016 Creative Change Fellow and Opportunity Agenda 2017-2018 Communications Institute Fellow.
This extraordinary “enlivener of song” (Ruth Duck) performs everything from Handel to Mahalia, and from Bach to Boogie. Dr. Wilson has received degrees from Dillard University (B.A.), Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology (MSM), and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (PhD). She has toured Europe, including several festivals of music and recording concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, South Africa, a Spirit-filled concert for the World Council of Churches in Brighton, England, and a memorable fund raising concert tour in Seoul, Korea sponsored by Africa University (Zimbabwe). Dr. Wilson has also served as guest soloist at the World Methodist Council at Washington Cathedral.
Ernest A. Brooks III serves as President and CEO of Academy of Preachers, Inc., a national ecumenical professional development organization for clergy with a particular emphasis on identifying, networking, supporting and inspiring the next generation of Christian ministers.An ordained Baptist minister, Ernest previously served as Senior Pastor of the Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Williamston, North Carolina and Assistant Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. At Morehouse, Ernest led programs focused on ethical leadership, interfaith engagement, intercultural education, spiritual development and vocational discernment.
Dr. Heather Murray Elkins, Frederick Hannan Professor of worship, preaching and the arts of Drew Theological School at Drew University, is a widely-known United Methodist preacher and teacher. An elder in the WVa United Methodist Church, Rev. Elkins devotes her teaching to the integration of spirituality, theo-poetics and the politics of ordinary life. Drawing on the resources of traditional liturgies, the arts, and narrative, she utilizes poetry, prayer, material culture, and ritual studies into her work of preaching and worship. Her teaching career began in the first independent bi-lingual Navajo school, Rough Rock, Arizona and continues that commitment through Drew’s Native America cross-cultural courses. Her Appalachian roots anchor her work in environment, story-telling and liturgy. Dr. Elkins has created a series of YouTube presentations, many of them based on the art and material culture in Seminary Hall, entitled “Holy Stuff of Life”.
For the past eight years, Rev. John Vaughn has served as the Executive Vice President at Auburn Theological Seminary. Auburn is a national leadership development and research institute that equips leaders of faith and moral courage for multi-faith movements for justice. Before joining the staff of Auburn Seminary, Rev. Vaughn served as the Program Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation based in Harlem, New York, a national foundation that advanced strategic giving for Black community change. He also previously served as the Executive Director of the Peace Development Fund. The Peace Development Fund provides funding, training and assistance for grassroots peace and justice community organizing throughout the United States and select countries internationally.
Liz S. Alexander MA, MSW is an advocate, practitioner and change agent. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of She Dreams Of Freedom Consulting Group, where her mission is to improve the outcomes of young women and girls in the criminal and juvenile Justice system. Liz is also the co creator of #millennialwomanism, a womanist paradigm that centers the experiences of Black Millennial women of faith who are committed to justice.
Rev. Melanie is a womanist ethicist, millennial preacher, and intellectual activist. She earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Howard University and a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Black Church Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Currently, she is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) studying ethics, theology, and culture. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “Up Against a Crooked Gospel: Black Women’s Bodies and the Politics of Character in Religion and Society” interrogates Black women’s body politics and moral formation engaging approaches in womanist theological ethics, African American religious history and Black aesthetics. For her research, Melanie has received distinguished fellowships and awards including Villanova University Church Management Research Fellowship (2018-19), Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship (2017-18), Forum for Theological Exploration (2012-14) and CTS Presidential and C. Shelby Rooks Scholarships. Rev. Melanie is a thinking woman of faith advocating for social transformation in the Church, classroom, and global community. She is Co-Founder of The Millennial Womanism Project (TMWP) — an enterprise committed to enhancing the wellbeing of Black millennial women of faith and justice.
Rebecca Wilcox is the Founder of Millennial Hustle Hour, as well as the Advocacy and Intervention Specialist at End Slavery TN. Rebecca was born in the South Bronx, New York where she found her call to advocacy and social justice. Growing up, her environment was surrounded by social ills that demanded minority voices to speak out against injustice. Through her advocacy she sought after a discipline that could examine the theories and practices of social experiences. This caused her to leave New York and take her academic pursuits to the south. Rebecca studied Religion and Philosophy at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia. College gave her a more in depth passion for social ethics and human rights. This led her to further her education and pursue a Masters of Theological Studies with a concentration in Ethics at Vanderbilt University. Her academic research allowed her to develop a specific passion for Womanist Ethics where she examined the historical and current violence and exploitation against women and their bodies. This expanded Rebecca’s vocational development in political reform, and specified advocacy in domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Rebecca believes that if we can go to the places of our imaginations, we can create a better reality for ourselves and others. Her favorite quote is from Shirley Chisholm which states “Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth.”
Pastor Sammy grew up in Puerto Rico and received a BA in Education from the University of Puerto Rico. He worked for five years as a High School Social Studies teacher in Puerto Rico. Pastor Sammy received his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009 and is currently working on a doctorate in Christian thought through the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, where he focuses on studying the first stages of the development of an anti-African slave theology in the Caribbean during the 16th and 17th century. Sammy serves as part of The United Methodist Church of GNJ Board of Church and Society and is part of the Immigration Task Force for the conference. In the spring of 2018 he served as co-chair of the Faith Communities Outreach Committee of the Poor People’s Campaign in NJ. Sammy Arroyo believes his faith moves him to advocate for those who are oppressed in our society. He has been actively speaking at rallies in the state of New Jersey, advocating for immigrant rights and opposing family separations, not just at the border but for the ones also happening all over the nation.
Todd Pick is a United Methodist elder in full connection currently serving two rural churches deep in the heart of Texas. After leading congregations of all sizes and working at the juridical level in church revitalization, he has learned that God is always doing a new thing.
With a passion for creating liturgical art that supports and enhances the act of worship, Todd has served as the visual artist for both the 2012 and 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served on design teams for convocations of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts in Orlando, Indianapolis and Kansas City. He has created visuals for various annual conferences and for Music and Liturgical Arts Week at Lake Junaluska. He is a featured expert on Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio. He has been commissioned to create paraments, banners and logo designs for churches across the country.
Todd holds a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School where he was artist-in-residence from 2007 to 2009 and was twice awarded the Hoyt L. Hickman Award for Liturgical Studies. He later returned as adjunct faculty to teach “Imago Christi: Worship and Visual Arts.” Graduating summa cum laudefrom Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Todd worked in advertising and communications before entering into ministry.
Blessed to have a partner in life and in ministry, Todd and Rev. Jennifer Pick enjoy consulting, writing and teaching about multi-sensory worship. For more of his artwork, visit his website wordmadeimage.com
1-3 p.m. Registration | Seminary Hall
2 p.m. Out of the Vault: an exhibit by the United Methodist Church | Methodist Archives
2:30–3:30 p.m. Registration | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
3–5 p.m. Opening Session | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
5 p.m. Dinner | Commons
7–8 p.m. Registration | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
7:30–9:30 p.m. Professor Mark Miller in concert: Friends and Improvisation |
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
With the rev. abby mohaupt, mixed media and justice artist
8a.m.–6 p.m. Registration | Baldwin Gym
8–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast | Baldwin Gym
8:30–9:30 a.m. Bible Study with the Rev. Melanie Jones | Baldwin Gym
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Session 2 | Baldwin Gym
10 a.m.–11 Blazing New Trails: Millennial’s at the forefront of Faith, Justice and Innovation
12:30–2:30 p.m. Lunch on Campus
2:30–4:45 p.m. Session 3 | Baldwin Gym
5–6 p.m. Session 4: Conversations, Tour, and Exhibits | Various locations around campus
6–7:15 p.m. Dinner | Commons
7:30–9:30 p.m. Worship | Baldwin Gym
8–10 a.m. Registration | Baldwin Gym
8–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast | Baldwin Gym
9:30–11:30 a.m. Session 5 | Baldwin Gym
Noon–1:30 p.m. Closing Worship and Remarks | Baldwin Gym
Brian McLaren, preaching; Bishop Oliveto C’90, G’91,’02, presiding