DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering

Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2020

Annual DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering

Dr. Emilie Townes was the School of Theology's 2019 guest lecturer. She continued with the second of the three-year series on the theme of racial reconciliation. As the current dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, she leads future clergy in growing their faith and understanding how they can use it to spark change. The focus of Townes’ lecture was how modern Christians can bring about such change. She sees the need for change through the works of the Church as important now as ever: “you and I look out and live in a troubled country,” she said; “we are not happy with one another.” She believes that justice can be achieved if the church takes courage and, with God’s provision, works toward the morning light. As to what work is needed to achieve this justice, Townes quoted the author James Baldwin, saying that we must “do our first works over.” To prepare to do these works over, Townes said that “an honest, personal inventory” is first needed. Doing so will reveal the unconscious bias in everyone’s life.

The first lecturer in the series was Dr. Charles Marsh in 2018, who ended his third lecture by playing Bernice Reagon’s version of “Come and Go with Me (to that Land),” a gospel song from 1930. The lyrics of the song—We’re all together in that land where I’m bound, There’s no more hatred in that land—served as a poignant reminder of the hope Marsh’s work encourages us to find in both the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and in the Civil Rights Movement: the revivification of the spirit that allows us to truly comprehend the shared humanity of all people on earth, and to believe in the possibility of both redemption and reconciliation.

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2020 DuBose Lecturers

The 2020 DuBose Lectures will feature a panel consisting of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Indianapolis Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrow, West Tennessee Bishop Poebe Roaf, and Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton. Bishop Curry will give the keynote. Dates are Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1. Details to follow in the coming months.

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 About the 2019 Lectures

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We cannot offer CEUs to you for attending the DuBose Lectures, but we can provide a letter that describes the time spent and the content of the lectures so that your diocese can translate that into CEUs. There are dioceses that will accept a letter such as this. If you are needing CEUs, please check with your diocese to see if a letter confirming your attendance at the DuBose Lectures will help you to receive CEUs. 

If you wish to receive this letter, email Sarah Limbaugh at selimbau@sewanee.edu to make the request or check with her if you have questions. If you have already registered to attend DuBose Lectures and need the letter, just email Sarah to let her know.

 DuBose Awards

The DuBose Awards, at one time known as the Faithful Alum Award and the DuBose Award for Service, have been restructured to broaden the award categories and invite nominations from across the Church. The awards celebrate the ministries of both laypersons and clergy. Nominations are received from October to end of May the following year and the recipient(s) will be announced during the annual DuBose Alumni Gathering banquet. You may submit a nomination using this form.


In order to submit a nomination, the nominee must either be:

Award Categories

Note: One award per category will be given per year.

The DuBose Award Committee will review submissions and choose awardees. Awardee(s) will be notified in August.

Questions may be directed to Sukey Byerly, by email or phone, 931.598.1217.