Sprunt Lectures--May 1-3, 2013
Why Are Americans So Religious and How Did They Get That Way?
Dr. E. Brooks Holifield
Professor Emeritus of American Church History, Candler School of Theology
Dr. Holifield will be offering the following timely lectures:
One Fact Stands Out Above All Others
The Best Thing That Ever Happened to the State of Connecticut
All is in a Ferment
Nothing to Suggest Community—Except the Church
Recognized in 2009, as Outstanding Theological Educator by the Association of Theological Schools, Dr. Holifield has written books on seventeenth-century Puritanism, the antebellum South, religion and psychology in America, health and medicine in the Methodist traditions, and the cultural history of early colonial America. At Emory University's commencement exercises in May of 2010, he received the University Scholar-Teacher Award, selected by Emory faculty on behalf of The United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry. In 2011, Holifield was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, his current research focuses on patterns of change in American religious history. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Holifield earned a Litt.D. from Hendrix College in 1985, a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1970, a B.D. from Yale University in 1966, and a B.A. from Hendrix College in 1963.
Worship will be led by the Rev. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd, ('81), pastor of Wayland Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD, and the Rev. Teresa K. McRoberts, ('06), associate pastor of Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Glen Allen, VA.
Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance
May 1 at 4 p.m. in Watts Chapel
Union Presbyterian Seminary will hold a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance in memory of Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul John Achtemeier, Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald G. Dawe, and Librarian Emeritus and Professor Emeritus Dr. John Boone Trotti. The service will be on May 1, 2013 at 4 p.m. in Watts Chapel, 3401 Brook Road, in conjunction with the 2013 Sprunt Lectures. Through their teaching, research, and dedication to the greater church, Drs. Achtemeier, Dawe, and Trotti touched the lives of students attending Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and the combined school of Union-PSCE, now Union Presbyterian Seminary. The community is invited to share in this special time of thanksgiving and remembrance.