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55th Blandy Lecture and Alumni Convocation

November 14 - November 15

Naomi Shihab Nye
Blandy Lecture presented at 7pm on Wednesday, November 15 concludes day+ of impactful events designed for Southwest alumni/ae

Please join the community of Seminary of the Southwest for the 55th Annual Blandy Lecture and Alumni Convocation on November 14-15, 2023. Created to honor the Very Rev. Gray M. Blandy for his ministry and work as the first dean of the Seminary of the Southwest, this gathering and lecture brings together former and current students each year to reconnect, learn, and grow. This year, Blandy is presented by the Southwest Alumni Association, in partnership with the Iona Collaborative at Seminary of the Southwest who is a co-presenter for this event.

This year’s Blandy lecturer is Naomi Shihab Nye, the Award-winning Palestinian-American Poet, Essayist and Educator. Her presentation will focus on what it means to be Beloved Community, a common theme in her extensive work. Read more about Ms. Nye and the event here.

At the midday Eucharist on Wednesday, November 15th, the Rev. Maureen (Mo) Doherty, Class of 2001, will be presented with the Hal Brook Perry Outstanding Alumni Award.  Named for the the late assistant dean, registrar and instructor in church history, the Hal Brook Perry Award is conferred upon a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest who exemplifies exceptional ministry to parishes, dioceses, and/or specific communities or ministries – locally, regional, or worldwide. The Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis will preside at the Eucharist, and Ms. Jennifer Cumberbatch will preach.

The day will also include opportunities to observe current classes by Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Dr. Steve Bishop, or the Rev. Steven Tomlinson, Ph.D., to tour of the new Harrison Library and learning complex, and attend a book discussion with Dr. Gena St. David‘s new book, “The Brain and the Spirit: Unlocking the Transformative Potential of the Story of Christ.”

The event is presented free of charge this year. See below for a link to the detailed schedule and a registration form.

Click here for the Blandy Schedule


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