The Wells Sermons - Rev. Winnie Varghese
The Rev. Winnie Varghese is known for her inspired writing, teaching, and preaching. Rev. Varghese has been a leading voice on issues including mass incarceration; systemic racism; gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues; and immigration, among others. She is the 23rd rector of St. Luke’s, Atlanta. Prior to St. Luke’s, Rev. Varghese served at Trinity Church Wall Street, St. Mark’s in the Bowery in New York City, and St. Alban’s, Los Angeles. Rev. Varghese has also served as the Episcopal Chaplain at both Columbia University and the University of California Los Angeles.
The Scott Lecture - Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn
Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn, an ordained Baptist minister, is a Clinical Pastoral Therapist at the Pastoral Center for Healing in Brentwood, Tennessee. Dr. Rogers-Vaughn also taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School for 23 years, ultimately serving as Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling, and is now recognized there as a Visiting Scholar. He is the author of Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Just Money, an activist organization committed to removing the ability to create money from private banks and placing it into public hands, as authorized by the US Constitution. His continuing work as a public theologian may be followed on his website: https://www.brucerogersvaughn.com/
The McFadin Lecture - Dr. Corey D.B. Walker
Dr. Corey D. B. Walker is a scholar committed to a broad and inclusive vision of human flourishing. Dr. Walker is Dean of the School of Divinity, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, and Inaugural Director of the Program in African American Studies at Wake Forest University. His research, teaching, and public scholarship span the areas of African American philosophy, critical theory, ethics, and religion and American public life. He is author and editor of several books and has published over sixty articles, essays, and book chapters in a wide variety of scholarly journals and publications. A much sought-after speaker, Dean Walker engages congregations and communities across the nation and has appeared on a variety of media programs in the United States and abroad.
The Gilbert & Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry - Rev. Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theology, ethics, and matters of climate justice and climate racism, moral agency, globalization, economic justice, public church, eco-feminist theology, and faith-based resistance to systemic oppression. She is the author or co-author of seven volumes including the award-winning Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, and over 50 articles and chapters. Rev. Dr. Moe-Lobeda currently is creating a seven-volume series, Building a Moral Economy – Equitable, Ecological, and Democratic: Roadmaps for People of Courage, for which she will write the introductory volume. She serves as Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the Graduate Theological Union’s Core Doctoral Faculty. She is the founding director of the PLTS Center for Climate Justice and Faith.
Organ Recital and Hymn Sing - Dr. Patrick Scott
Dr. Patrick A. Scott is the Director of Music & Organist at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to his appointment in Memphis, Dr. Scott served for five years at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Birmingham-Southern College where he studied with Dr. James Cook. He earned his Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. An active recitalist and accompanist, Dr. Scott has appeared in concert and with choirs throughout the United States, as well as in France, Scotland, England, and Ireland. He has presented recitals, workshops, hymn festivals, and masterclasses for conventions of the American Guild of Organist, the Organ Historical Society, the American Choral Director’s Association, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Joshua Arce, JD - Workshop Leader
From the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Joshua Arce has 20+ years’ experience in business, education management and social work. He became CEO of Partnership With Native Americans in 2020, one of the largest Native-led nonprofits in the country, after serving on their Board. A Native thought leader, he helps organizations become more NativeAware® and engaged as change agents. Mr. Arce has a rich history of social work in his home state of Kansas. He served as guardian ad litem for Tribal kids in the PBPN District Court, Tribal Representative for the Kansas Citizen Review Panel, CINC (children in need of care) case reviewer for Douglas County Citizen Review Board, and a Lutheran Indian Ministries Board member. Today, he serves on the Texas Native Health Board and the UTA Native Advisory Council. He holds a B.A. in social work and J.D. in tribal law and leadership from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Nancy Ramsay - Workshop Leader
Dr. Nancy J. Ramsay is Emerita Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School where she also serves as Director of the Soul Repair Center. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the author or editor of five books including Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: A Resource for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers, co-edited with Carrie Doehring, Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the Paradigms, the supplement for the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, as well as numerous articles and chapters. Her primary research and teaching interests include military moral injury and addressing intersecting forms of difference treated oppressively.
Rev. Dr. Aretha Flucker - Workshop Leader
The Rev. Dr. Aretha Flucker serves as the Director of Community and Spiritual Life and of the Baptist Studies Program at Brite Divinity School. She is passionate about reimagining the church amid shifts in engagement and attendance and dedicates her ongoing research to this reimagination. Rev. Dr. Flucker enjoys contributing to the world through writing. Her publications include a chapter, “Reimagining the Cross: Jesus as a Womanist Co-Sufferer and Co-Conspirator” in Taking on the Cross (2022). In addition to authoring several articles, she regularly curates works of literature that explore artists’ influence and creates curricula to undergird The Apollo Theater’s Education Program. Rev. Dr. Flucker serves on the Board of Directors with the Alliance of Baptists and is engaged in their ongoing anti-racist and liberation work.