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Alums, friends, past presidents bless campus

Highlights from the day. Photos by John Lynner Peterson (bottom left, center, and bottom right) and Beth Goins.

The Lexington Theological Seminary family gathered Friday, Nov. 15, to bless the 631 S. Limestone campus and prepare to embark on the next chapter in the Seminary’s story at Lexington Green Circle. The Seminary’s living past presidents joined President Charisse L. Gillett, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Seminary in a service of blessing in the Sanders Chapel and gathered one last time in the fellowship hall for a reception and celebration of the ongoing ministry and mission of the Seminary. Updates about the transformation, as they are available, are available here: http://www.lextheo.edu/transformation/

Participants in the service included:

J. Gregory Alexander
General Minister, Christian Church in Kentucky

O. Wesley Allen Jr.
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship

Emily Askew
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Wayne H. Bell
President, 1974-86; B. D. 1943

Kristen P. Bentley
President of Alumni Council;
M. Div. 1996

Mark V. Blankenship
Vice President for Advancement

Barbara J. Blodgett
Donald & Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership

R. Robert Cueni
President, 2002-08

Jan Ehrmantraut
Coordinator of Mentoring Program;
M. Div. 1983

Charisse L. Gillett
President

Richard G. Griffith
Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Richard L. Harrison President 1993-2001

James P. Johnson
President, 2008-11; B. D. 1965

Shauna L. McGhee
M. Div. 2003

Jacquelin Parlato
Student Representative to Board of Trustees

William O. Paulsell
President 1987-92

Margaret Nutting Ralph
Director of Master of Pastoral Studies Program

Herbert D. Sledd
Interim President 1992-93

Jerry L. Sumney
Professor of Biblical Studies

Tom Teater
Seminary Accompanist

Harold Watkins
Interim President 2001-02, B. D. 1953

Richard D. Weis
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dolores Yilibuw
Library Director

 

Moosnick lecture series continues

The Franklin B. Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies continues Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13 with Professor Amy-Jill Levine, an engaging and informative speaker.  She is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, Tennessee.

• TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 p.m.
How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently
Transylvania University, Carrick Theater | 300 N. Broadway, Lexington

• WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 p.m.
Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories
Temple Adath Israel | 124 N Ashland Ave., Lexington

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

LTS Student Named to Theological Students Council

Lexington Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student Michael Junkroski of Naples, Fla., has been named to the 2013-2014 Council of Theological Students of the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ.

The purpose of  the Global Ministries Council of Theological Students (CTS) is to equip diverse groups of ministerial students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective ministers in a global community.

Members of the Council of Theological Students network with other UCC and Disciples students, and have the opportunity to learn of, engage in and interpret the work of Global Ministries.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic
commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with
students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The
Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Lexington Theological Seminary announces new campus home

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013 – Lexington Theological Seminary announces its new campus home at Lexington Green Complex.

The property at 230 Lexington Green Circle has more than 16,000 square feet of space, which includes classrooms, a library, administrative offices on the 3rd floor, and fellowship and worship space on the 5th floor.

“We believe this space better meets the current needs of the Seminary as we assess our future facility needs, whether that be a free-standing campus space or an existing facility such as this one,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Kidwell.

The new location is within 4 miles of the 63-year-old campus at 631 S. Limestone, which the University of Kentucky purchased June 28 as the Seminary board sought to better meet the education model designed for the changing demographics of the student population.

The decision to move came after careful and prayerful consideration of the best way to meet the Seminary’s long-term needs and goals to educate pastors.  In 2010 LTS transformed its programs to shift the center of ministry preparation from the seminary campus to the church, while using technology to connect students to theological education without requiring a move to a residential seminary campus.

LTS President Charisse Gillett said, “This new space better equips us to be faithful to our mission to prepare leaders for the church. We honor our history, which we know that has included change over the nearly 150-year history of this Seminary. We are excited for the future of Lexington Theological Seminary and our work in the church as we begin to write the next chapter in our story. We are grateful for the continued support of our alumni and friends as we transition to our new campus home and continue the work of preparing leaders for the church.”

A dedication and service of blessing for the Limestone campus is scheduled for November 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanders Chapel.

The Seminary will relocate its administration offices by December 31. On-campus classes will move to the new facility after January 2014. The library will be relocated by August 2014.

Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been a part of the Lexington community since its early days at Bacon College. The Seminary moved to the current campus on Limestone in 1950. At the time, LTS was a residential Seminary.

Updates about the move will be available at www.lextheo.edu/transformation.

 

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

LTS student among first recipients of new scholarship


Lexington, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013 – Lexington Theological student Andrew Shue, a Master of Divinity student from Ayden, N.C., received an inaugural scholarship from the John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching, held in trust at the Christian Church Foundation.

Shue is one of four divinity students in the U.S. receiving this scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. The scholars must complete an application process and are selected by representatives of the College of Regional Ministers.

Scholarship recipients must pledge to live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a healthy diet while abstaining from the use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages; be responsible in their personal financial practices; and demonstrate a passion for a prophetic lifestyle ministry that seeks to eliminate evil and enhance goodness in human relations and in international relations.

Recipients must attend Disciples seminaries or Union Theological Seminary in New York. Scholarships are awarded to men and women, regardless of background, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

 

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic
commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with
students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The
Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
For more
information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Lexington Theological Seminary Names New CFO

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 12, 2013 – Karen Wagers has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Wagers is a 1987 graduate of the University of Kentucky, a member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs and holds membership in the Society of Human Resource Management. Most recently she served as the Director of Administration for Landrum & Shouse.

She will join the LTS family September 23.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Dr. Margaret Ralph- The Lay School of Theology Fall 2013

The Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Since Mark, Matthew, and Luke’s Gospels are so similar, and since Mark is a source for the other two, why do we have all three in the canon? Aren’t they redundant? By comparing Matthew and Luke with their common sources and with each other, we can discern the pastoral and theological concerns of each inspired editor.  By also considering the Acts of the Apostles, we can understand more deeply the concerns of first century Christians.

When: October 12, 19, 26, and November 9
8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon): Class

Where: Lexington Theological Seminary (631 S. Limestone)

Registration Fee: $75, due Sept. 28

Contact: Bill Turner, (859) 280-1253
bturner@lextheo.edu

 

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Sale of campus completed

Seminary board soon to name new home

Lexington, Ky., June 28, 2013 – With the sale of the Lexington Theological Seminary campus at 631 S. Limestone to the University of Kentucky finalized today, the LTS Board of Trustees expects to name a new home for the Seminary in July.

The sale of the 63-year-old campus to neighboring UK was finalized today, and the Board narrowed down the Seminary’s next home to a handful of sites in Lexington. The Board is actively considering which site will best meet the mission and long-term goals of the Seminary, which has been undergoing an exciting transformation in how and where students are shaped for ministry and no longer needs residential space for students.

“We believe this is the next step in the transformation of the Seminary’s work and ministry,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

The purchase price of the S. Limestone campus was $13.5 million. The sale and stewardship of these resources “will provide for a sustainable business plan for the long-term future of the Seminary,” said LTS Board chairman Gary Kidwell.

The Seminary will relocate its administration offices by December. On-campus classes will move to the new facility after January 2014. The library will be relocated by August 2014.

Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been a part of the Lexington community since its early days at Bacon College. The Seminary moved to the current campus on Limestone in 1950. At the time, LTS was a residential Seminary.

Updates about the move will be available at www.lextheo.edu/transformation.

LTS, Bread for the World host Dr. Forbes June 29

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Lexington, Ky., June 25, 2013 – The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes Jr., a nationally-recognized, powerful voice in the fight against world hunger, will lead a roundtable workshop at Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 S. Limestone, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. His visit is co-sponsored by Bread for the World.

Dr. Forbes will preach at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Central Christian Church, corner of Martin Luther and E. Short Street.

“LTS is pleased to have Dr. Forbes on campus and to offer this workshop in partnership with Central Christian Church,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick distinguished professor at Union Theological Seminary, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
From 1989 to 2007, Forbes served as senior minister of Riverside Church. He was the first African-American to lead its interdenominational, multicultural congregation.

Before being called to Riverside’s pulpit, Forbes spent 15 years as a professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Because of his extensive career and his charismatic style. Forbes is often introduced as the preacher’s preacher. In 1996, Newsweek recognized him as one of the 12 “most effective preachers.”

From 1992 to 2007, Forbes was the co-chair of A Partnership of Faith, an interfaith organization of clergy among New York’s Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities. He is past president of the Martin Luther King Fellows.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Homecoming 2013 is June 21-22

We hope to see you at Homecoming 2013! Your complete guide and registration link can be found by visiting the official homecoming page. See you soon!