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October 2, 2018 - October 4, 2018

Join us for the 2018 Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures and Theological School Alumni Reunionfeaturing the launch of Drew’s public theology initiative, The Social Justice Leadership Project: Connecting Thought with Action.

Featured speakers and justice artists will challenge, inspire and guide participants in connecting their ideas and resources with purposeful action that leads to real change in local communities. Attendees will feast on the spiritual and organizational wisdom of leaders committed to renewing congregations by forming coalitions and movements which foster transformation in the lives of those they serve. Drew faculty will also explore ways to expand and amplify the work of social justice and repair in our world.

This annual gathering also includes the Theological School Reunion, with special recognition for alumni classes celebrating the 50th, 25th and 10th anniversary of their graduation, as well as the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s award will be presented to Bishop Karen Oliveto C’80, G’91, 02 and Dr. Jacqui Lewis G’02, ’04.

Please register here.


Emerging Schedule

Tuesday, October 2

1-8 p.m. Registration | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

2 p.m. Out of the Vault: an exhibit by the United Methodist Church Methodist Archives

3–5 p.m. Opening Session Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

  • Welcome by Vice Provost and Dean of the Theological School, Javier Viera
  • Justice music by the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, Ph.D.

5 p.m. Dinner On Campus

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

Wednesday, October 3

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


  • Justice Music by the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Millennial Leaders Panel with Liz Alexander, M.A., MSW, Ernest Brooks III, Joshua Mitchell, Candice Nunn, and Rebecca Wilcox. Moderated by Liz Alexander.
  • Pastor Brian McLaren

10 a.m.–11 Blazing New Trails: Millennial’s at the forefront of Faith, Justice and Innovation

  • The panel will engage millennial leaders of faith who are redefining  ministry in the 21st century. Utilizing a justice framework, these millennial leaders will discuss the benefits of using innovation for doing effective ministry as well as to bring about social change. A major outcome of the panel is to highlight the importance of centering the experiences of millennial’s as well as insight on how to improve millennial engagement for communities of faith.

12:30–2:30 p.m. Lunch on Campus

  • Theological Alumni Association Reunion Lunch and Distinguished Service Award Presentation Crawford Hall
  • Community Lunch On Campus

2:30–4:45 p.m. Session 3 Baldwin Gym


  • Justice Music with the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Faculty panel on immigration

5–6 p.m. Session 4: Conversations, Tour, and Exhibits Various locations around campus

6–7:15 p.m. Dinner On Campus

7:30–9:30 p.m. Worship Baldwin Gym

Thursday, October 4

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


  • Justice Music with the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Conversation on Pastoral Heart and Prophetic Leadership with Bishop Karen Oliveto C’80, G’91,’02

11:30–Noon Break

Noon–1:30 p.m. Closing Worship and Remarks | Baldwin Gym

Brian McLaren, preaching; Bishop Oliveto C’90, G’91,’02, presiding


October 2, 2018
October 4, 2018
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