The Lyman Beecher Lectureship was founded in 1871 by a gift from Henry W. Sage of Brooklyn, NY, as a memorial to the great divine whose name it bears, to sponsor an annual series of lectures on a topic appropriate to the work of the ministry. This year’s speaker is Brian K. Blount.
Brian K. Blount is a Presbyterian minister, New Testament scholar and current President of Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is a noted preacher and scholar on the Book of Revelation.
Blount is a native of Smithfield, Va. He holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his M. Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He served as pastor of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Va., from 1982 to 1988, Before studying for his doctorate. He served as the Richard J. Dearborne Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary for 15 years before being called as President of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia in 2007.
More information about these lectures will be available on this site in the weeks ahead.
General Theme: Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection through the lens of Apocalyptic Eschatology
Lecture One: Dawn of the Dead: Preaching Revelation
Lecture Two: Apocalyptic Vulnerability: Preaching Paul
Lecture Three: Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Mark
The Pitt Lecture, sponsored by Berkeley Divinity School, is in memory of Lewis Wetherbee Pitt and features a speaker significant in world Christianity.
Stephen Green is the U.K. Minister for Trade and Investment. He is the former Chairman (2003-2006) and CEO of HSBC, one of the largest banks in the world. Ordained in 1988 as an Anglican priest, Green is active in the Anglican Communion, especially on the board of the Anglican Investment Agency Trust. He is also the author of Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World. Green has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the financial crisis, urbanization and globalization. He has spoken widely on integrity and sustainability in business and on the value of values and will receive an honorary doctorate for his work on behalf of the Anglican Communion at Berkeley Divinity School’s Evensong during Convocation. The title of his lecture is Faith in the Global Marketplace
The Kavanagh Lecture, presented by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is named for the late Professor Emeritus of Liturgics Aidan J. Kavanagh O.S.B., and given in conjunction with Convocation Week at Yale Divinity School.
Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D. retired from the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta in 2007 as the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship. A former member of he YDS faculty, he is an accomplished musician, theologian, and scholar of liturgics and the author of many books on the relationship between theology and worship, including Filled with Light, Worship Come to Its Senses, and Worship and Spirituality. Recently, he edited A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African-American Catholic Community by Mary McGann. He also co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the popular singing group Indigo Girls.