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Blandy Lecture to feature noted theologian Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The Southwest Alumni Association and Blandy Lecture Steering Committee are proud to announce Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock as the speaker at the 2022 Blandy Lecture. The event will be held on November 16, 2022, in Knapp Auditorium on the campus of Seminary of the Southwest. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive Continuing Education certificates for attending the lecture. In addition to the lecture, there will be opportunities for fellowship throughout the day.

There will be a reception and book signing in the Howell Dining Hall beginning at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start in the Knapp Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. The Southwest bookstore will be open for shopping and purchase of Dr. Brock’s book.

A Q&A led by Dr. Scott Bader-Saye will follow. The lecture will be livestreamed to the Southwest website and Facebook page.

This year’s Blandy Lecture is presented free of charge and is supported by donations to the Annual Fund.  Please find a schedule and link to registration below.


November 16, 2022

11AM – 1:00 PM

Informal lunch at Central Market: Join your fellow alumni for this informal, come & go opportunity to visit. Members of the Southwest faculty have been invited to attend.

2 PM – 6:30 PM

Hospitality Lounge: Drop by the Weeks Center and enjoy some refreshments while visiting campus.

5 PM – 5:30 PM

Evening Prayer in Christ Chapel: Join the community of Southwest for Evening Prayer.

6:45 – 7:15 PM

Reception in Weeks Center: Please enjoy this opportunity for fellowship, including

  • A brief State of the Seminary from Dean Kittredge
  • A book signing by Blandy Lecturer, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

7:15 – 8:45 PM  

Blandy Lecture in Knapp Auditorium:

  • Hal Brook Perry Outstanding Alumni Award presentation
  • Lecture from Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
  • Q&A w/ Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean

A noted theologian, Dr. Brock was the Founding Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where she also was a Research Professor of Theology and Culture. She is co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War, Beacon Press, 2012, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, Beacon Press, 2001. She is a leading national expert on moral injury in combat veterans and has offered trainings for VA mental health providers, for professional chaplains, and for veterans and their families.

Dr. Brock is currently the Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. She leads the organization’s efforts to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it. The center builds on Volunteers of America’s work, spanning more than a century, of helping veterans and others who live with this emotional trauma.

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