Faith formation issues with children to be discussed at 2020 Sprunt Lectures

RICHMOND, VA (January 28, 2020) — Contemporary times call for a reframing of congregational ministries with young people. Three scholars working on the cutting edge of research will share their ideas about issues facing children, youth, and young adults and what religious communities can do to address these realities at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s annual Sprunt Lectures May 4-6 in Richmond, Virginia. They will highlight the challenges of race, class, gender, and religious identity for young people growing up in societies fraught by division, as well as the opportunities congregations have to support young people’s spiritual flourishing.

Presenting on the theme “Faith formation with children, youth and young adults in a multi-religious world” will be:

Evelyn L. Parker, Ph.D.
Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Professor of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Development
Search Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The preacher for the 2020 Sprunt Lectures will be The Rev. Jessica E. Tate (M.Div. & M.A.C.E. 2007), director for NEXT Church, Washington, DC

The lecture’s alumni luncheon speaker will be Rev. Melanie C. Jones, Instructor of Ethics, Theology and Culture / Director of the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership





The Rev. W. Clay Macaulay (D.Min.’85)
Director for Alumni Development

The Rev. Nicole Smith
Alumni Associate