Kentucky Legislature Recognizes Seminary’s 150th

Lexington, Ky., March 4, 2015 – Lexington Theological Seminary was honored by both chambers of the Kentucky legislature Tuesday as “a pioneer institution (that) has forged new paths for preparing people for ministry in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, throughout the nation, and worldwide.”

The Kentucky Senate and Kentucky House of Representatives recognized LTS President Charisse L. Gillett, Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Griffith, and Trustee Leslie Geoghegan, who were present for the reading of the resolutions honoring the Seminary.

“Lexington Theological Seminary is part of the rich educational fabric of Kentucky, and our graduates serve important roles as clergy and community leaders throughout the state,” President Gillett said. “It means a great deal to have the Seminary recognized in this way.”

Kentucky Senator Tom Buford was the sponsor for the resolution in the Senate (SR 188) while State Representative Rick Rand sponsored the resolution in the House (HR 204). Both had multiple co-sponsors in their respective chambers. For a full list of sponsors, please visit: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/15RS/SR188.htm and http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/15RS/HR204.htm.

The text of the Senate resolution follows. The House resolution used similar language.

A RESOLUTION recognizing and honoring the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lexington Theological Seminary.

WHEREAS, Lexington Theological Seminary was founded as College of the Bible within Kentucky University, chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly in February 1865; and

WHEREAS, in 1936, the school began requiring a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college for admission, thus becoming strictly a graduate institution; and

WHEREAS, in 1938, the Seminary played a leading role in the formation of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the official accrediting agency of theological institutions; and

WHEREAS, the Seminary established the first chair of religious education in the nation; and

WHEREAS, Lexington Theological Seminary instituted one of the first courses on the ecumenical church; and

WHEREAS, on the institution’s 100th anniversary in 1965, it was renamed Lexington Theological Seminary; and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the Lexington Theological Seminary Board of Trustees appointed the institution’s first female and African American president, Dr. Charisse L. Gillett; and

WHEREAS, as a pioneer institution, Lexington Theological Seminary has forged new paths for preparing people for ministry in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, throughout the nation, and worldwide;

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

âSection 1. The Senate pays sincere tribute to the trails blazed by this historic institution in the field of theological education.

âSection 2. When the Senate adjourns this day, it does so in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lexington Theological Seminary.

For more information about the sesquicentennial celebration, see https://www.lextheo.edu/home-2015/lts150/.

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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.

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