Leadership — Chicago
John R. Bowlin is the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Associate Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His areas of specialization are Christian ethics, moral philosophy, social ethics and criticism, and the history of moral theology, and his courses cover ethics and the problem of evil, ethics and politics in Augustine, war and Christian conscience, and friendship, love, and justice. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Major publications include On Tolerance and Forbearance: Moral Inquiries Natural and Supernatural (forthcoming) and Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas’s Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “Tolerating Differences”
Should Christians tolerate difference? Should we forbear sin? Our membership in a liberal democracy comes with a requirement: that we tolerate certain differences that we despise. Should we accept this requirement? According to the apostle Paul, our membership in the household of God requires something similar: the forbearance of certain sins. Why should we do this?
Nancy J. Duff, the Stephen Colwell Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, earned her M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia and her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she focuses her research on the theological foundations of Christian ethics. She teaches courses in the theology and ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the theology and ethics of James Cone, issues in biomedical ethics, issues in human sexuality, the doctrine of vocation, and the ethics of the Ten Commandments. Major publications include “Locating God in All the Wrong Places: The Second Commandment and American Politics,” Interpretation: a Journal of Bible and Theology, April 2006, and “Should the Ten Commandments Be Posted in the Public Realm? Why the Bible and the Constitution Say ‘No.’” in The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness, William Brown, ed.(Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: An exploration of how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the church in Nazi Germany can inform our participation in the body of Christ in the United States today. We will consider Bonhoeffer’s life and personality by looking at the poem, “Stations on the Road to Freedom,” Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the church of Peter that both confesses and denies Christ as Lord, and the Christian community gathered at Finkenwalde to share life together in Christ."
James Moorhead is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Mary McIntosh Bridge Professor of American Church History. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Christianity, with a focus on mainline Protestantism, and teaches courses on American Christianity and Presbyterian history and theology. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is senior editor of The Journal of Presbyterian History. His major publications include a new history of Princeton Seminary in honor of its Bicentennial year, Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture (Eerdmans, 2012), and World Without End: Mainstream American Protestant Visions of the Last Things, 1880–1925 (Indiana Press, 1999) and American Apocalypse: Yankee Protestants and the Civil War, 1860–1869 (Yale University Press, 1978).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “Turning Points in the History of Princeton Seminary”
Drawing on Dr. Moorhead’s recently published Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture (Eerdmans, 2012), we will discuss some of the major crises that our school has weathered during its first two hundred years. For example, how did the PTS faculty deal with the theological questions that tore the Presbyterian Church into rival Old School and New School denominations in the 1830s? How did it respond to the debate over slavery that divided the Christian communities of America and eventually the nation itself during the Civil War? And how, in the wake of the so-called Fundamentalist Controversy that set off quarrels leading to Princeton’s reorganization and the departure of half of its faculty, did the school find a new direction that was neither fundamentalist nor modernist during the presidency of John A. Mackay?
Martin Tel, Princeton Seminary’s C.F. Seabrook Director of Music, earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a D.M.A. from the University of Kansas. He is interested in congregational singing and the Psalter and his courses cover musical resources for the congregation, the Psalms in worship, and the philosophy of church music. He is currently serving on the bi-denominational hymnal committee for the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America. He recently served as senior editor for Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (CICW/Faith Alive/Brazos Press, 2012).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: We will explore the psalter as source for liturgical and sung prayer. Though most Christians profess a love for the Book of Psalms, a quick pass over the entire psalter reveals many psalms that we either are unfamiliar with or consciously avoid. What does the full spectrum of voices in the psalter teach us about the way God wishes for us to pray, both as individuals and as the church? Using the newly published psalter Psalms for All Seasons, we will explore how the full spectrum of psalms can be liturgically and musically re-presented so that their meaning become more clear and our prayers become more honest.
Shèree Y. Jones is serving as youth minister at Union Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey. Before attending PTS she served as youth minister at Grace Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York, and was director of scholar services at the Oliver Scholar Program in New York City. The Oliver Program helps to place Black and Hispanic students into college preparatory independent schools throughout the Northeast. Her passion is to equip young people to apply biblical principles to their lives and to groom them to be future leaders of the church and world at large. She is also a graduate of New School University, where she earned her master's degree in urban policy analysis and management.