Public Lectures and Events

Free and open to the public


The Carl Howie Center Event – Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and/or 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

“It’s Showtime! Art, Organizing, and Building Community One Musical at a Time: The Revitalization of Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston” – led by  Burns Stanfield, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian, South Boston, VA

2018 Howie Center Event Schedule:

12:30 p.m. – Complimentary Lunch (No cost, yet meal registration is required) – The Holderness Dining Room (Richmond Hall)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Seminar & Conversation, “The Tools of Practice: Shared Stories, Relationships, and Songs” – Paisley Hall

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Workshop, “Songs and Stories to Share: It’s Showtime!” – Lake Chapel in the Early Center on the Richmond campus

Reception to follow in the Rose Reception Room in the Early Center as well.

To learn more about the schedule of events and workshop descriptions, click here.

REGISTER HERE. (Note: Registration is only required for the complimentary lunch and is not needed for the event itself).

There is no cost to attend the lunch, afternoon seminar, or evening workshop – all are welcome!  Feel free to attend one or all portions of the day’s events.

Leading this year’s event is Burns Stanfield, who has pastored Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston, for the last 27 years, and leads their after-school offerings in music, art and children’s theater.  He is also a musician and an instructor at Harvard Divinity School and Andover Newton Seminary.  Burns is the current president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, an IAF-affiliated organization working on health care, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform.

The Carl Howie Center for Science, Art, and Theology sponsors presentations through which church leaders (including seminarians) recognize and engage the insights and implications of the interplay of science, art, and theology for theological expression and the practice of ministry.  The Center generously provides funding for lectures, seminars, and displays at Union Presbyterian Seminary once or twice a year, featuring artists, scientists, and/or theologians in conversation about a particular topic.

The Howie Center Events are open to one and all and are designed to bring community members together through the intersection of science, art, and theology.

Additionally, the evening portion of the event will be available for viewing at within 72 hours of the presentation for those unable to be with us in Richmond.


The Dawe Lecture – Coming Spring 2019 – stay tuned!

Past Events:

Spring 2018 Dawe Lecture: “The First Muslim Refugees in the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations Today” – led by Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan, visiting assistant professor of Islamic theology and religious pluralism at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.  

The Dawe Lecture series is funded through The Donald and Nancy Dawe Fund for Emotional and Ethical Growth. The Fund was established thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Coleman Longan honoring Donald and Nancy Dawe. Dr. Dawe was professor emeritus of Union Presbyterian Seminary until his death in 2012.

The lecture series, which is held annually at Union Presbyterian Seminary, pays tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Dawe and promotes ethical and religious understanding. Because of Professor Dawe’s long-standing interest and commitments in the area of multi-religious and multi-cultural understanding and interfaith dialogue, this lecture series seeks to contribute to deepened awareness and insight in these areas of intellectual and especially practical religious concern.