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Florida Couple to Receive 2013 President’s Award

Lexington, Ky., March 28, 2013 – The 2013 President’s Award for outstanding service and ministry will be awarded to longtime friends of Lexington Theological Seminary, Luther and Blanche B. Coggin of Jacksonville, Fla., at the 2013 graduation ceremony in May.

Inspired by the ministries and friendships of several LTS graduates over the years, the Coggins in 2008 bestowed a gift establishing the Blanche B. Coggin Endowment at Lexington Theological Seminary. The Endowment is used to enhance educational excellence and expand opportunities for faculty and students.

The President’s Award was established to recognize outstanding service and ministry on behalf of the Seminary by an individual, congregation or organization. In its inaugural year, the award was presented to LTS alumnus Dr. James M. Wray, Jr.

“Because of the generous support from the Coggins, Lexington Theological Seminary continues to explore new ways of teaching and preparing students for ministry in ways that promote excellence and acknowledge the realities of 21st century ministry,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, LTS President.

The Coggins, lifetime members of the Disciples of Christ church, have ties to Lexington Theological Seminary through its graduates – ministers who have served their home congregations as well as friends who have served with them along the way. For many years, Mrs. Coggin directed the Disciples Youth Camp activities in the Alabama/Northwest Florida Region, where she met Guy Waldrop, an LTS alumnus, former LTS trustee and General Minister of the Christian Church in Kentucky. Among others, Mrs. Coggin fondly remembers Linda and Bill Curwood and their daughter, current LTS student Anna Hope, and David and Julia Blondell.

“One by one, our ministers and friends in ministry seemed to be … furthering their degrees at LTS, so we became more interested in the Seminary,” Mrs. Coggin said. “It is a Seminary for the church, and that is very important to us. We are very appreciative of this honor and feel it is quite a blessing to us that we were in a position to make this endowment,” Mrs. Coggin concluded.

“The Coggins are wonderful, generous people who love the church and care a great deal about the Seminary,” Waldrop said.

The Coggins met while teenagers in a Sunday School class at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Birmingham, Ala. Married for 63 years, they are active in their home congregation, First Christian Church of the Beaches in Jacksonville, pastored by the Rev. Mahlon Dixon.

The award will be presented May 10 at the Seminary’s 147th commencement.

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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.

 

Taylor is Featured Speaker at 147th Commencement

Marian Taylor portrait 2012 small Taylor is Featured Speaker at 147th CommencementLexington, Ky., March 28, 2013 – The Rev. Marian M. Taylor, PhD, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 147th graduation service on Friday, May 10.

Dr. Taylor was awarded a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University in 1986. For her Fulbright-funded dissertation research, she spent more than a year in rural Haiti studying the community development work done under the auspices of Roman Catholic missionary orders.  From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Taylor served in Mexico City as a program officer for the Ford Foundation, aiding women’s organizations and working to improve conditions for peasant farmers.

Dr. Taylor holds a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. She was ordained in 1996 to executive leadership at the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) headquarters in Louisville. She served as director of the PCUSA’s international mission work, overseeing collaborations with 165 partner denominations in dozens of countries for almost a decade.

Since 2009, Dr. Taylor has helped the Kentucky Council of Churches find ways to increase the churches’ voice on social justice issues and to build trust and creative initiatives among church leaders. Those initiatives include a program to encourage health ministries and health advocacy, and a new Lilly-funded program of support to clergy peer learning groups.

“The Kentucky Council of Churches has been and continues to be an excellent partner in the work and ministry of Lexington Theological Seminary.  We are pleased Dr. Taylor will be able to join us as the 2013 Commencement speaker,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, LTS President.

The Seminary’s graduation service is at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus adjacent to Lexington Theological Seminary. A bagpipe processional will precede the service.

Scheduled graduation events are:

Thursday, May 9 ­– Private events
12 p.m. Graduates Luncheon (LTS Fellowship Hall)
1:30 p.m. Graduates Communion (Sanders Chapel)
2:45 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal
6 p.m. 22nd annual rose ceremony and dinner honoring women graduates, in memory of the late Rev. Karen Stroup

Friday, May 10 – Public events
10 a.m. Graduation (Memorial Hall), reception to follow in LTS Fellowship Hall

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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.

See you at General Assembly!

Please join us July 15 at the LTS luncheon. Register online (the link will open in a new window) or, if you are in the Orlando area but don’t plan to attend General Assembly, call Mark Blankenship at (859) 280-1250. President Gillett will be there, along with many current students. It is always a good reunion with former classmates and friends! Questions? Prefer email? Reach us at mblankenship@lextheo.edu or hkennon@lextheo.edu. Hurry! Early registration ends April 1!

Judaism and Christianity: Next Moosnick Lecture Series

 Lexington, Ky., Feb. 6, 2013 – Author, professor and Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Cook discusses Jesus, Jusdaism and the Gospels, as well as co-existence vs. anti-Semitism in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in a pair of lectures Feb. 17 and 18.

The lectures are part of the Franklin B. Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies, sponsored by the Moosnick Endowment. Transylvania University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, and Temple Adapt Israel present Cook’s lectures. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Cook is the Sol & Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is the only rabbi in North America with a full-professorial chair in New Testament, and he serves on many advisory boards in Jewish-Christian relations.

Cook will present the first lecture, “Gospel Dynamics: When the Jewish Jesus Isn’t Enough,” Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Carrick Theatre on the Transylvania University campus. The second lecture, “Judaism, Christianity, and the Crucifixion: Coexistence vs. Anti-Semitism on Parchment” is Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Ohavay Zion Synagogue.

Cook has written about the evolving Jewish views of Jesus and Paul, studies on the various Gospels and on a wide spectrum of specialized subjects including the trial of Jesus, images of Judaism in Christian Art, the history of anti-Semitism, and the role of Passover in modern Christianity.

In 2003, he was one of seven scholars internationally selected by the Catholic Bishops to assess the accuracy of the advance script of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.

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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.

Spring Lay School of Theology – April 6,13, 20 & 27

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Led by Dr. Richard Weis, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible

Course Concepts:

In contemporary American society a powerful way to think about the environment is as a series of commodities for human consumption.  The Bible, especially the Old Testament, offers equally powerful alternative views that have the capacity to help us see today’s problems with fresh eyes.  For example, one perspective sees nature and society as a single, interdependent web on which humans depend and for which they are responsible.  This course will nurture your ability to use the scriptures of the Old Testament to bring fresh perspectives and values to current environmental issues.

 

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New Year, New Format for Doctor of Ministry Program

Lexington, Ky., Feb. 4, 2013 – The Doctor of Ministry program at Lexington Theological Seminary returns this year in a flexible, cohort-based model with a mostly online delivery system to meet the needs of those working in ministry today.

The Doctor of Ministry program at LTS is designed to equip pastors to transform congregations for effective ministry in the 21st century.

“Our mission is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ, and as such we serve as a resource to those who wish to further their theological understanding as well as their preparedness to serve congregations in effective, innovative ways,” said LTS President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett. “We are pleased to be able to offer this program in a way that will allow access to a wider range of students who are unable to leave their current ministries and pursue a terminal degree.”

“The church needs leaders who can help it articulate the Gospel and nurture faith communities in ways that are culturally relevant in the 21st century,” said Dr. Richard Weis, LTS Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs. “Our new D.Min. curriculum will engage students in an on-going community of peers who together acquire the knowledge and hone the skills needed for that kind of leadership.”

The focus of the program includes:

  • approaches to interpreting contemporary cultural contexts;
  • integrating advanced work in the classical theological disciplines with the critical interpretation of culture in service to the church’s articulation of the gospel;
  • approaches for re-imagining organizations and institutional practices that are informed by the critical interpretation of cultures; and
  • approaches to leading organizations through adaptive change, especially those relevant to empowering congregations.

The 30-hour program includes a mix of interactive online courses, on-campus, intensive courses offered over a period of a week at a time, and a final research project in the student’s ministry context, arranged on a schedule shaped to fit the pastoral life.

For more about the program, including an overview of courses, tuition structure, admissions information and to apply, please visit: http://www.lextheo.edu/dmin/

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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.

January intensives sermon series

The inspired — and inspiring — words of Lexington Theological Seminary faculty and administrators are available to watch and share on the Seminary’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/LexTheoSeminary. In the January intensives sermon series we hear from:

Dr. Charisse Gillett, Dr. Wes Allen, Dr. Richard Weis, Dr. Barbara Blodgett and Dr. Jerry Sumney.

 

 

 

Strategic Outline

See our strategic outline here:
http://www.lextheo.edu/strategic-outline/

Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett to be installed

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The service begins at noon in the Sanders Chapel on campus.  Those attending are welcome to stay for lunch in Fellowship Hall afterwards.

Faculty, staff, trustees, and retired faculty and staff should arrive early so that they may join the academic procession.

Dr. Blodgett will deliver an installation address titled “On Not Going It Alone: Building Community in the Congregations of the Future.”

Dr. Blodgett joined the Seminary faculty in 2012. A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Dr. Blodgett was most recently a lecturer in the SAGES Program at Case Western University. Dr. Blodgett also served as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Blodgett recently served as minister for vocation and formation in the national setting of the United Church of Christ and served as associate pastor at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Amherst, Mass.  Her teaching experience also includes roles at Yale University Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College and Yale College. Dr. Blodgett is a respected author of three books and numerous publications on the subjects of pastoral ethics, worship practices, field education and other areas pertinent to ministry.

The Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Chair in the Practice of Ministry was established in 2003 with a $1.2 million anonymous gift in honor of the Nunnellys, LTS graduates who have served in various leadership roles on the regional and general levels in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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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.

 

Seminary, Center for Faith & Giving Offer Program

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Lexington, Ky., Jan. 9, 2013 – Lexington Theological Seminary and the Center for Faith and Giving are partnering to offer a certification program that advances a comprehensive understanding of stewardship for those preparing for ministry as well as those who serve congregations in the areas of stewardship, personal/congregational finance and best practices for organizations and congregations.

“It’s not just about money,” said Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “The vision of the Center for Faith and Giving is to create a culture of generosity across the life of the church.  To that end, our mission is to educate, equip, encourage and inspire leaders to teach and preach stewardship as a spiritual discipline that encompasses the entirety of life.  The care for the earth, the care for self, the observance of the Sabbath, the care for the Gospel and the faithful management of our resources comprise a comprehensive understanding of stewardship.”

“Our goal is to enable those seeking substantive continuing education to grow and mature in their ministry,” said LTS President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett.  “We look forward to working with the Center in this regard.”

The partnership with LTS enables the Center and the Seminary to deliver relevant and transformative learning experiences that can influence attitudes and practices about generosity, preparing them for resource mission and ministry and to enhance the lifestyle of individuals and communities.

Completion of the series of three classes – all taught online – qualifies a student to be certified by the Center for Faith and Giving as a part of its teaching Academy to serve as a resource for the church.  It may also meet specific requirements for some Regional bodies of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for those seeking ordination via the apprentice track for ordination.

The first class, which is a prerequisite to the other two courses, focuses on Biblical and Theological understandings of stewardship to create a foundation for understanding the nature of God’s abundance as cultural norm.  This perspective enables individuals and organizations to move from the fear of scarcity to the freedom of faith.  The holistic understanding of stewardship allows us to move the conversation away from stewardship being solely about money.

Registration is open through Jan. 28, and classes begin Feb. 4 via the online learning community of LTS. Class size is limited to 15 people. Register online at http://www.lextheo.edu/ministry-life-choices-initiative-2/ . The cost is $99, plus the cost of books.  The active class time lasts for four weeks, with two additional weeks to complete a final project that will demonstrate that the student has mastered the material presented. The course is open to both clergy and laity.  This course is taught by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith and Giving, Rev. Dr. Richard Lowery, and Rev. Dr. Ronald Allen – all of whom appear via video lecture.

The second and third courses in the series will focus on congregational best practices, and personal and congregational finance.

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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.

The Center for Faith and Giving exists to create a culture of generosity across the life of the whole church. Our Mission is to encourage and promote the understanding of stewardship as a faith discipline and life practice in response to a generous God. www.centerforfaithandgiving.org