The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

2013 DuBose Lectures and Alumni/ae Gathering

DuBose Lectures

Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., will be the guest lecturer at the 2013 DuBose Lectures. The annual DuBose Lectures and Alumni/ae Gathering were endowed by an initial gift from the Rev. Jack C. Graves and substantially increased by a gift from Miss Margaret (Peggy) A. Chisholm of Laurel, Miss., and New York City. The lectures memorialize William Porcher DuBose, second dean of The School of Theology. These lectures focus on a topic of wide appeal in the church. For more information on this year's guest lecturer, click here.

"Biblical Prophecy and Perspectives for Contemporary Ministry"

  • Lecture 1   "Destroyers of the Earth: Economic Critiques of Empire"
  • Lecture 2   "Out of Chaos, Against Complacency: Prophetic Arts of Peacemaking"

Faith, Farm, and Food — A Special Alumni Event

The School of Theology programs center will sponsor a three-day event that will gather church leaders, practitioners of sustainable agriculture, and people involved with food justice issues. This event parallels the topics that will be delivered by Dr. Davis.

The DuBose offering to alumni/ae will consist of a Wednesday morning farm tour and box lunch, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and a dinner later that evening. Registration is limited to 20 for the tour and 40 for the dinner. There is no charge for the tour. The cost of the dinner is $70. The tour and dinner will be available as options on the online registration form. You can see the complete description and schedule here.

Continuing Education Workshops

There will be two continuing education workshops offered on Wednesday from 2–4 p.m.

  • The Joy of Giving: A Workshop on Gift Planning: Few clergy enjoy talking about giving and stewardship and even fewer parishioners like hearing about it. But it needn’t be that way. This workshop will show how to approach the subject of giving with parishioners in a fun and easy way. It will look at ways of doing it from an entertaining and informative view from an expert in fundraising. The only thing you need to bring with you is a passion for your mission.
  • New EfM Curriculum: Executive Director Karen M. Meridith will give an overview of the new EfM curriculum launched in September 2013, the first major revision of the program in 15 years, and answer questions from workshop participants.

Alumni/ae Gathering

Thursday evening's festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception. Dinner and dancing follow in Upper Cravens at 7 p.m. The Pat Patrick Band will again provide music for dancing following the dinner.

Alumni/ae and Faculty Book Signing

Alumni/ae and faculty will be on hand to sign their recent publications from 1:15 to 2:15 on Thursday in Convocation Hall. in the Hamilton Hall foyer. If you are an alumnus/a of The School of Theology and would like to participate in this event, please contact Sarah Limbaugh to get details and make a reservation.

Schedule and Registration

The complete schedule is available here. This is the final confirmed schedule.

The online registration form is available at the bottom of this page. Use the online form only if you plan to use a credit card with your submission. If you wish to pay by check, please print out the form and mail to The School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, TN, 37383. Reminder — please use one form per person.


A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate at the Smoke House Lodge. To reserve one of the rooms at this special rate, use the code “SofT” when making your reservation. Their telephone number is 800.489.2091.

2014 DuBose Lectures

Scheduled for Sept. 30–Oct. 2, the guest lecturer will be Dr. David Brown, professor of theology, aesthetics and culture and Wardlaw Professor at St Mary's College, The School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.

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