On February 5, 2019, Seminary of the Southwest hosted the annual Payne Lecture before a crowded Knapp Auditorium on the Southwest campus. This year’s gathering held extraordinary importance, as the featured speaker was Bishop Payne – for whom the lecture is named – and included a robust celebration of Bishop Dena Harrison, a Southwest alumna and former board chair of the seminary. Bishop Harrison retired at the end of 2018 and leaves a long legacy of transformational leadership.
“It was wonderful to welcome distinguished leaders from our history with the present community of Southwest to honor our leader and friend, Bishop Dena Harrison,” said Dean Kittredge. “To hear leaders who authentically represent the growth and success of this seminary share their perspectives on Dena’s leadership was an inspiring testament to her impact on this institution.”
The Payne Lecture is hosted annually in February by the Board of Trustees of the seminary and is focused on mission, congregational leadership, evangelism, or congregational development in honor of Bishop Claude Payne, who led the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to 1995 to 2003. Past speakers have included Jimmy Bartz, Bréne Brown, and Reggie McNeal.