DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering

Oct. 2 and 3, 2019

Annual DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering

Dr. Emilie Townes will be the School of Theology's 2019 guest lecturer, continuing the three-year series on the theme of racial reconciliation. 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.

Here is what some our our attendees had to say about Marsh's lectures and the topic of racial reconciliation:

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2019 DuBose Lecturer

Dr. Emilie M. Townes, an American Baptist clergywoman, is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She holds a doctor of ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religion in society and personality from Northwestern University. Townes is the dean and Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, becoming the first African American to serve as dean of the Divinity School in 2013. She is the former Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School and in the fall of 2005, she was the first African American woman elected to the presidential line of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and served as president in 2008. She was the first African American and first woman to serve as associate dean for academic affairs in the Yale Divinity School. She is the former Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of social ethics at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Editor of two collection of essays, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering and Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation; she has also authored Womanist Ethics, Womanist Hope, In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness, Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care, and her groundbreaking book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.  She is co-editor with Stephanie Y. Mitchem of the Faith, Health, and Healing in African American Life. Her most recent co-editorship is Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader done with Katie Geneva Cannon and Angela Sims was published in November 2011. She continues her research on women and health in the African diaspora in Brasil and the United States. Townes was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She served a four-year term as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion from 2012 to 2016.

 About the 2019 Lectures

“Premeditated Indifference: Facing (In)Justice With the Power of Hope”

Sometimes the power of hope is all that sustains us when we look at the world around us and ask, “How did we get ourselves into such deep divisions?”  Rather than turn away from the challenges that this question poses, these lectures will explore how we can use hope as both solace for our souls and a call to action in our public witness. 

Lecture 1—“What in the World?”  Explores the various ways in which we do and do not engage each other and creation with care, compassion, respect, and love.

Lecture 2—“How in the World?”  Explores how we might begin to mend creation in ways that help us realize God’s marvelous gift of creation in our lives and in the lives of others.

Lecture 3—“Hope of the World!”  Explores how a robust hope, grounded in God’s call for justice and mercy, can lead us into just and loving relationships with each other and the rest of creation.


Tuesday, Oct. 1

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.                     Check-in                                                                       Convocation Hall

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.                     Hospitality Station                                                         Convocation Hall

4 p.m.                                  Optional Library Tour & Exhibit                                       DuPont Library (meet on first floor)

5:10 p.m.                              Evensong                                                                    Choir of All Saints’ Chapel

5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.                Opening Reception                                                        McGriff Alumni House                                       

Wednesday, Oct. 2

8:05 a.m.                            Morning Prayer                                                              Choir of All Saints’ Chapel

8:30 a.m.                            University Art Gallery open                                             Between Convocation and Guerry              

8:30 a.m.                            Check-in continues                                                        Convocation Hall

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Hospitality Station                                                          Convocation Hall

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.              School of Theology merchandise sales                              Convocation Hall

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Townes’ book sales                                                        Convocation Hall

9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.              Lecture 1, Emilie Townes                                                Guerry Auditorium

11 a.m.                              Alumni Memorial Eucharist                                              All Saints’ Chapel

12:45 p.m.                         Lunch                                                                            McClurg Dining Hall

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              Lecture 2, Emilie Townes                                                 Guerry Auditorium

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.         Book signing for Emilie Townes                                        Convocation Hall

6 p.m.                                Reception                                                                       Lower Cravens

6:45 p.m.                            Dinner                                                                           Upper Cravens

8:30 p.m. – midnight           Dancing                  (Number One Party Band)               Upper Cravens

Thursday, Oct. 3

8 a.m.                               University Art Gallery open                                           Between Convocation and Guerry              

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast                                                   Convocation Hall

8:05 a.m.                          Morning Prayer                                                            Choir of All Saints’ Chapel

8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.           Hospitality Station                                                        Convocation Hall

8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.           School of Theology merchandise sales                           Convocation Hall

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Lecture 3, Emilie Townes                                              Guerry Auditorium

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.     Break                                                                         Convocation Hall

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.     Open Conversation with Emilie Townes                         Guerry Auditorium

                                                      and Dean Alexander                                           


An online registration form may be accessed here.

Assisted-listening devices will be available for the DuBose Lectures. They may be picked up at the registration table in Guerry Audirorium.


2019 Lodging in Sewanee

DuBose guests can go online to reserve a room at the Sewanee Inn by using this link.

Guests can also call the Sewanee Inn at 931.598.3620 and give the following booking code in order to receive a discounted rate: DUBOSE19.


 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.