Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies

The Franklin B. Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies continues this week with two opportunities to hear from Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, and Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m. “Scholarship and Ethics: How Do Jews and Christians Connect?” Transylvania University, Carrick Theater, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, KY
  • Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., “The Life and Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity,” Ohavay Zion Synagogue, 2048 Edgewater Court, Lexington, KY

The series is sponsored by Lexington Theological Seminary, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, Temple Adath Israel, and Transylvania University.


2015 LTS Golf Scramble

2015 LTS Golf Scramble


 Schedule for the LTS Golf Scramble:
- 1 p.m. – Registration and lunch
– 2:00 p.m. – Shot gun start/Tee time
– 6:30 p.m. – Awards Reception


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150th Events

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2015 LTS Webinar Series

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MAY 16, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm EDT
Title: Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Congregation
Presenter: Led by Bruce A. Barkhauer, Minister forFaith and Giving For The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Description: This event will examine the biblical and theological foundations for the spiritual discipline of stewardship and explore the best practices that encourage congregational generosity. Participants should expect to come away with six things they need to do to increase resources for ministry and mission.
NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.


June 2, 2015
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm EDT
Title: Preaching as Public Theology
Presenter: Dr. Gary V. Simpson, Concord Baptist Church of Christ Drew Theological School
Description: Too often the question at the end of a sermon is, “How did I do?” focused narrowly and inwardly. However, we need to re-frame the question about how our preaching encounters and engages the world.  Topics for this webinar include:
  • Rightly framing the question
  • What is transformative conversation?
  • Where is exciting public conversation happening?
  • Which voice do I choose? Prophet, Priest, or Pundit?\
  • Performance anxiety: What if I miss?

Dr. Simpson is an active teacher, preacher, and contributor to sermons and lectureships in universities and seminaries throughout the country. He is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Drew Theological School, and he also serves as Senior Pastor of the historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. He holds degrees from Denison University and from both United and Union Theological Seminaries.
NOTE: The URL to attend the event will be emailed to you the day before the event.

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Lay School of Theology – Spring 2015

Dr. Margie Ralph

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Wisdom to Feed Your Soul

All of the Wisdom books in the Bible reached their present form after the Israelites returned from Babylonian exile (587-537 BCE). The experience of exile caused the people of Israel to probe many questions: Is God just! Why do human beings suffer? Might there be life after death?  In this three-week course, we will examine the books of Job, Psalms, and Proverbs in order to discover how God’s beloved people had the courage to ask hard questions and, through faith and reason, find wise answers. Our trip through these pivotal books promises to help us grow in wisdom too.

MARCH 14, 21, AND 28, 2015

9:00 AM – NOON each Saturday (Continental Breakfast at 8:30)

$60 per person

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150th Anniversary Events

January 11 Beargrass Scholars Worship at Beargrass Christian Church
January 23-Feb. 1  Intensives

February  I Heart LTS social media campaign
February 21 Webinar, How to Survive and Thrive as an Elder

March  14, 21, 28: Lay School of Theology with Dr. Margie Ralph:  Wisdom to Feed Your Soul;
March 21 Community Open House
March 28 Webinar, Moral Injury and The Work of Congregations in Soul Repair After Violence

April 25 The Welcoming Church: Making a Place for People with Disabilities
April 28 & 29  Franklin Moosnick Lectors in Judaic Studies, Susannah Heschel, 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at Transylvania University and Wednesday evening at Ohavay Zion Synagogue

May 6  Symposium: Flourishing in Ministry: Emerging Research on the Well-being of Pastors Keynoter: Dr. Matthew Bloom, Principle Investigator University of Notre Dame
May 16 Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Congregation

June 5   Golf Scramble – University Club of Kentucky
June 18-19   Commencement Activities—Crestwood Christian Church Keynoter: Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
June 19-30  Intensives

July  General Assembly Luncheon

October 22-24  Homecoming –Tell us your LTS Story (The Journey Continues Reception and Book Signing by John Peterson, Faculty Reception and Book Signing, MLCI Sustaining Pastors in Ministry presentation by Rev. Julie Richardson)
Lay School and Board of Trustees meeting

November 4  Franklin Moosnick Lectors in Judaic Studies, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, Professor of New York University, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Transylvania University and Wednesday, Temple Adath Israel

December   Community Open House Advent and Christmas at Lexington Green

January 2016   Celebrating Student Achievement, Intensives


Appreciative Inquiry – Nov. 10-12, 2014

rob3Lexington Theological Seminary will host a workshop on Appreciative Inquiry Nov. 10-12, 2014 at its new site at 230 Lexington Green Circle. The workshop will be led by Dr. Rob Voyle, founder and director of the Clergy Leadership Institute based in Hillsboro, Ore. Thanks to a grant from the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, LTS is able to offer the workshop to local clergy at a registration cost of $50. Noon meals are included.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to organizational development that emerges out of the pioneering work in organizational psychology by David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Voyle has adapted this into church contexts as a powerful approach to individual and congregational development that is future oriented and focused on increasing positive capacity to move into that future.

AI is based on the idea of discovering what works and gives life to an organization and then building the organization on these life-giving properties. Using AI in churches is described as discovering “What in God’s name is going on here?” and then designing the church’s structure and programs to enable more of these Godly things to be done and participated in.

In essence, the AI model uses a process of inquiry to discover people’s best experiences and to use those experiences as a basis for imagining a future and designing the processes and structures that will make the imagined future a reality. This imagined future, however, is not just a fantasy because it is grounded in the experiences of the people involved. What is noteworthy about the AI approach in comparison to other organizational development models is that it does not require a detailed analysis of problems or deficits. Consequently, AI is less prone to initiating negative, blaming and judgmental atmospheres than problem-focused interventions.

Dr. Voyle is an Episcopal priest with more than 20 years of experience in ordained ministry. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in addition to degrees in theology, counseling and mechanical engineering. He has served as an interim pastor, interposed with research and development engineering, behavioral medicine, clinical psychology, coaching and organizational consulting. In his parish ministry he has focused on pastoral counseling for both individuals and churches in transition. He is also the coordinator for the Transitional Ministry Network.

Dr. Voyle was an original faculty member at the College of Executive Coaching. For five years, he taught and coached hundreds of personal and executive coaches on using appreciative inquiry. He is committed to providing advanced training in clergy leadership to enhance ministry effectiveness. His personal mission is to be “helpful, humorous, and healing,” which he manifests in a passion for conducting training. He is a gifted storyteller with a penchant for mischievously confronting listeners with new insights that are both affirming and liberating.

NOTE: The registration deadline is Oct. 15, 2014.
TIME: – 9 a.m.-5:50 p.m. EST on Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesday
LOCATION: Lexington Theological Seminary – 230 South Lexington Green Circle
For more information, contact Rev. Tanya J. Tyler, LTS Clergy Mentor Program Coordinator, at (859) 280-1232 or



LTS: Homecoming/Housewarming June 19th

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Upcoming Events at LTS

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LTS Golf Scramble
June 6

June 7 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lifting Your Congregation from “Good to Great” – Re-Framing Church
Growth in the Missional Era with Rev. Matt Rosine

LTS Homecoming
June 19

June 20
Crestwood Christian Church, with the Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Minister of The Christian Church in Ohio, delivering the commencement address.

On-Campus Intensives (for students)
June 20-29

October 11 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Help! I’m a Sunday School Teacher? with Dr. Claire Bischoff