Seminary of the Southwest recently announced the rescheduling of its annual Blandy Lecture and Alumni Convocation due circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for mid-November, the popular event will now happen in mid-January on an online platform.
In announcing the change, Southwest also shared that the Blandy keynote speaker will be the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology. Douglas will give her lecture virtually on January 14, 2021 at 7PM CST.
“A significant and powerful theological voice, Kelly Brown Douglas is a person that our alums, current students, and faculty are eager to be “with” for this year’s Blandy Lecture. While we will miss our normal ‘in-person’ fellowship, these unique circumstances allow for us to share a vital perspective within The Episcopal Church,” said the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president.
Other details of the rescheduled event will be announced soon. As per tradition with the annual convocation – this will be the 52nd occasion of the gathering – Southwest will offer continuing education components the help alumni attain CE credits as required by local dioceses.
“We understand that many of our alumni rely on Blandy to help satisfy their ongoing formation needs. This year will be no different, with impactful and timely offerings created by one of the leading distance learning and formation entities in the church, the Iona Center at Seminary of the Southwest,” said Eric Scott, vice-president for communications.
More details surround the event, including cost and timings, will be announced soon.