Ministers Week

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University,
thank you for a wonderful Ministers Week 2014.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Jesus

Wells Sermons
Evening Worship, February 17-19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
University Christian Church

Monday: “Born of the Virgin Mary” (Luke 1:26-38)
Tuesday: “Suffered Under Pontius Pilate” (Luke 23:33-43)
Wednesday: “Raised on the Third Day” (Luke 24:13-29)

Lance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Brite Divinity School
pape_2014 (1)Lance Pape is the Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Brite Divinity School. He holds the MDiv from Yale Divinity School (1994) and the PhD from Emory University (2010). He is the author of The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching (2013). His research explores the way preaching takes place at the intersection between the stories we tell about ourselves and the stories about God in Scripture. His teaching focuses on helping students think carefully about how to take both kinds of stories seriously in order to give voice to new possibilities that are both faithful and seriously imaginable. An ordained minister for 20 years, Lance has served congregations in Texas, Alabama, and New York. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Katie Hays (Disciples of Christ), and they are the parents of two children.

Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations
Davis Workshop in Ministry
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
University Christian Church

Lecture 1: The Problem of Shame
Lecture 2: The Promise of Grace

Dr. McClintock leads us through a look at the subtle and insidious damage of shame in personal and congregational life, and invites us into the healing opposite which is grace. She believes that the gospel has a unique message which overcomes shame, but which has been typically used to reinforce it. In this lecture series she will show ways to identify shame and replace it with grace.

Karen McClintock, Clergy Consultant Clinical Psychologist
mcclintock_karen_2014Karen McClintock is a clergy consultant and psychologist specializing in shame recovery. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is an ordained United Methodist elder. She is a national lecturer and workshop leader on sexuality issues in the church, and teaches in the psychology department at Southern Oregon University. Her books include: Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations (2011), Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations (2004), and Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing (2001). She co-authored Healthy Disclosure: Solving Communication Quandaries in Congregations along with Dr. Kibbie Ruth (2007). More information is available at McClintock, Clergy Consultant Clinical Psychologist

The Role of Emotions in Leadership and Communities
Scott Lecture
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
University Christian Church

Lecture 1: Affectively Competent Leadership
Lecture 2: How Would We Do Ministry Differently If We Took Feelings Seriously?

William Kondrath, William Lawrence Professor of Pastoral Theology, Episcopal Divinity School
kondrath_william_2014William Kondrath teaches leadership courses at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and directs the field education (internship) program for the school. He is an Episcopal priest who has worked with over 100 Christian and Jewish congregations. He is also a consultant with VISIONS, Inc., a multicultural training and consulting group that works with corporations, non-profits, schools, and community organizations on issues of diversity and change. He is author of Facing Feeling in Faith Communities (2013) and a soon to be published e-book, Congregational Resources for Facing Feelings. He also wrote God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences (2008) and numerous articles on change, collaborative leadership, and affective competency. Bill is president of the Academy of Religious Leadership. For more information:

Organ Recital and Hymn Sing
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
University Christian Church

Barbara Baird, Instructor, University of Oregon, and Director of Music Ministries, First Congregational Church, Eugene, OR
Baird_Barbara_2014Barbara Baird serves on the music faculty of University of Oregon, teaching organ, harpsichord, and piano, and is Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church, Eugene, Oregon. After earning her bachelor degree in Organ Performance from Texas Christian University, working with Prof. Emmet Smith, she studied at the Cologne Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany with organist Michael Schneider and harpsichordist Hugo Ruf. Baird received her master degree in Harpsichord Performance from Southern Methodist University, as a student of Larry Palmer. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is in Organ and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Oregon, where she studied with John Hamilton, Guy Bovet, and Mark Brombaugh.
An active recitalist since 1971, Baird has performed throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Brazil, Europe and Australia. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she regularly conducts workshops and master classes for keyboardists, particularly on Baroque and Classical Period Performance, and Keyboard Pedagogy. Baird has been a presenter and recitalist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and for the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Historical Keyboard Society, the Oregon Bach Festival, several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and for piano teachers’ guilds. Performing in Fort Worth holds additional special meaning for Barbara, since her uncle William R. Baird, retired Brite Divinity School Professor and New Testament Scholar, continues to make his home in Fort Worth.
Baird currently has four CDs available: Vienna: Two Centuries of Harpsichord Music (1600-1800); The Organ Mass: Selections from Bach’s Klavierübung and Couperin’s Convent Mass; Pastorale, Partite, and Preludes at the Point, works by Johann Sebastian Bach; and Organ Works for Two, featuring Julia Brown and Barbara Baird, organ duo.

The Revolutionary Impulse of the Gospel for Life Together
McFadin Lecture
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
University Christian Church

Lecture 1: The Intimate Revolution: A Gospel Not Yet Heard
Lecture 2: The Revolution of the Intimate: A Gospel Yet Resisted

There is a revolutionary form of intimacy suggested in the Book of Acts, one which challenges our prevailing social and economic arrangements. These lectures will reflect on the book of Acts as the basis for grasping the revolutionary impulse of the gospel for life together.

Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School
169209_jennings_willie_hirezWillie James Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School. For many years, he served as the Academic Dean of the Divinity School. Dr. Jennings received his BA in Religion and Theological Studies from Calvin College, his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his PhD degree from Duke University. Dr. Jennings who is a systematic theologian teaches in the areas of theology, black church and cultural studies, as well as post-colonial and race theory. The author of numerous articles, his recent work The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race won the 2011 American Academy of Religion award for best book and is now becoming a standard text read in colleges, seminaries, and universities. He is a consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion and for the Association of Theological Schools. Dr. Jennings serves along with his wife, the Rev. Joanne L. Browne Jennings, as an associate minister at the Mount Level Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina. For many years, they served as interim pastors for several churches in North Carolina.