The Rev. Nurya Love Parish to Speak at Annual Harvey Lecture


This year’s student-led Harvey Lecture will feature The Rev. Nurya Love Parish. The event will take place on Monday, March 21 at Seminary of the Southwest.

The Rev. Nurya Love Parish is rector of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Belmont, Michigan located in the Diocese of Western Michigan. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and executive director of Plainsong Farm & Ministry. She co-founded Plainsong Farm in 2016 as a new farm and ministry that educates leaders about wiser use of church-owned land.

The event will be live at Knapp Auditorium on Seminary of the Southwest campus, and streamed to our Facebook page.

The lecture will start at 6:30, and there will be a dessert reception following.

The Harvey Lecture is student-led, and this year’s committee includes Julie Rodriguez, Ashley Colley, Lessa Lewis, and Luis Rivas.

The Harvey Lectures were conceived at Seminary of the Southwest as a way of honoring the late Dean Hudnall Harvey, who died unexpectedly in 1972, after serving as the seminary’s dean for just five years.

During Dean Harvey’s tenure, following some institutional turbulence during the 1960s, the seminary had begun rebuilding: in terms of enrollment, financial strength, and earning back the trust of many dioceses through the church.

The seminary community established the Harvey Lectures an annual series that would be overseen by student leaders and that would address the relationship between pastoral leadership and contemporary issues confronting the church.

Over the years, these Lectures have become a lasting and vital resource for the seminary, bringing important and diverse theological voices to our campus.