Seminary awards Presidential, Dean’s Scholarships

Lexington Theological Seminary has awarded scholarships – one well-established, one new – to two students. Clayton Summers has been awarded the 2018-19 Presidential Scholarship. The LTS Scholarship Committee traditionally awards this full-tuition scholarship to a Master of Divinity student who shows promise both academically and in capacity for ministry. Tamara (Tami) Buchanan was awarded the newly established Dean’s Scholarship, a four-year, 75-percent tuition endowed... Read More

March 23 Webinar: Empowering the Laity to Care for Pastors

Date: March 23, 2019Where: OnlineTime: 1:30–3:30 p.m. EDTPresenter: Rev. Greg AlexanderNote: Webinar URL will be emailed out the day before the webinar Pastors and their families are human, too. They have the same realities to deal with in their lives as the members of their congregation. This webinar will explore healthy and unique ways laity can help meet the needs of their pastors. The Rev. Greg Alexander is the General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in... Read More

LTS Alumnus Called as Regional Minister of Virginia

The Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning, Lexington Theological Seminary Class of 1993, has been called to serve as the Regional Minister of Virginia. Rev. Spangler-Dunning is well known to many in both the regional and general church. He has served for the past 10 years as Regional Minister of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest. He served as a student minister in Frankfort, Ky. Following graduation from LTS, he served as youth minister at First Christian Church in... Read More

LTS Alumnus Speaks About ‘Building the Beloved Community’ Forum

LTS D.Min. alumnus and adjunct faculty Dr. Donald K. Gillett, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, was featured on Friday’s “Out and About” on WKYT, discussing the “Building the Beloved Community” Martin Luther King Jr. Community Forum taking place Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at E. Second Street Christian Church in Lexington. The forum today will be followed on Sunday by the community worship service at Central Christian Church at 6 p.m.... Read More

Can You Feel a Brand New Day?

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director In the movie The Wiz (based on The Wizard of Oz), when the wicked witch is vanquished at last, the inhabitants of Oz break into a joyful song: “Can you feel a brand new day? Can you feel a brand new day?” At this time of year, we sing joyful songs of our own. “Gloria in excelsis deo! Christ is born in Bethlehem! Go tell it on the mountain! God’s love made visible!” It’s a brand new day. And so we sing. We sing because we are not celebrating a... Read More

Advent Moment: Unexpected Fullness

Rev. Kris Bentley, Lilly Project Director at Lexington Theological Seminary. Of the countless good words in Scripture, few are as hopeful as those that promise, and expect, new life to come forth from dire circumstances. In Jeremiah 33:14-16, this promise takes on the poetic image of the “righteous branch springing up” from within a damaged and disillusioned political situation for the house of Israel and the house of Judah – a house divided. The branch seems to point to a promised... Read More

Advent Moment: Mom’s Favorite Quote

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director My mother was quite the one for pithy quotes. Most of the time her quotes were succinct and appropriate, but sometimes they weren’t very helpful. For instance, one of her favorite things to say was, “It won’t be as long as it has been.” She would use that quote to try to soothe me as I was climbing the walls and chafing at the bit to go back to college after summer break. Now, when you’re a teenager/young adult, that kind of quote is not... Read More

LTS President Receives Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

Nov. 15, 2018 - Lexington Theological Seminary President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett has been selected to receive a 2018 Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. The $15,000 award will support a period of reflection and targeted activities between January 2019 and June 30, 2020. are designed to assist President Gillett with thinking carefully and deeply about her work and ministry at LTS and how best to help the organization sustain its progress and... Read More

2018 Moosnick Lecture Series Oct. 24 and 25

Two opportunities to further interfaith understanding and discourse take place Oct. 24 and 25 in Lexington. The 2018 Moosnick Lecturer, Dr. Marcie Lenk, Academic Director of Bat Kol: Christian Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, will give a talk titled “Truth and Faith: Can Jews and Christians Really Open Ourselves to the Truth of the Other?” at 7 p.m. in the Carrick Theater at Transylvania University. The following evening, Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., she will discuss “Who... Read More

Perspectives of Bi-Vocational Ministry: ‘Connections with Community’

Research at Lexington Theological Seminary has identified several common themes through interviews with bi-vocational ministers. One of these themes is “connection to community.” One bi-vocational minister who reflects this theme in particular is Rev. Jim Midkiff. Jim is the bi-vocational solo pastor of Beech Grove Christian Church in Western Kentucky. He has been serving Beech Grove for more than 30 years as either solo pastor or co-pastor. Though Jim has recently retired from teaching,... Read More