New Testament scholar Brian Bount to deliver Beecher Lectures at Convocation and Reunions

Noted New Testament scholar Brian K. Blount, a Presbyterian minister and president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, will be the featured lecturer at Convocation and Reunions 2011, which will be celebrated Oct. 10-12.

On Oct. 10, 11, and 12, Blount will deliver the three-part Lyman Beecher Lectures, established in 1871 for delivery annually on “a topic appropriate to the work of the ministry.”

He holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an 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 beginning work on his doctorate. He was the Richard J. Dearborne Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary for 15 years prior to being called as president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2007.

The Institute of Sacred Music’s Kavanagh Lecture will be delivered on Oct. 11 by Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D., who 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.

The third major lecture to be given at Convocation and Reunions will be the Pitt Lecture, on Oct. 12.  The lecturer has yet to be determined.

Worship services will be held in beautifully renovated Marquand Chapel, which boasts a new Baroque organ.  Another highlight will be panel discussions featuring alumni and faculty.

Reunion classes in 2011 include the Class of ’56 (55th reunion), Class of ’61 (50th reunion), and Class of ’86 (25th reunion).  Three cluster reunions will be held, for the Classes of ’70, ’71, ’72; ’90, ’91, ’92; and ’05, ’06, ’07.  Reunion gatherings will take place on the morning of the first day of Convocation, Oct. 10, followed by reunion lunches and, in the evening, reunion dinners in the Old Refectory.

Distinguished alumni awards will be formally awarded during the alumni dinner on the evening of Oct. 11.  Honorees for the four awards have yet to be announced.

A special treat in the planning stages is music by alumni, including possible performances by Sacramental Winers and Bible Belters alums.

Stay tuned for updates on the Convocation and Reunions web site, and plan on joining classmates and friends for an inspirational time Oct. 10-12.

Posted: 04/04/2011