Tuesday, October 22, 9:00 a.m.

The Edwin H. Rian Lecture
Dr. Elsie Anne McKee: “Women in African Christianity, with a Focus on Congo”

The lecture and workshop will recount the exciting and amazing work of Congolese Christian women in serving “the least of these,” especially girls and women, orphans, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Why is it important that we know of this work? How can we connect with it, in prayer or action? Where is this work bringing hope in the name of Jesus Christ to a nation often torn by war, disease, and poverty?

Dr. Elsie Anne McKee, Princeton Seminary’s Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship, has focused her research on John Calvin‘s theology and ministerial practice, and the lay reformer Katharina Schuetz Zell. McKee was born and reared in Congo, and has lectured around the world. She is an ordained elder at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, and serves with several North American organizations that support theological and medical work in Congo.

Made possible by the Edwin H. Rian Alumni/ae Lectures Fund.


dykstra Tuesday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.

The Victor L. Baer Seminar
Dr. Robert C. Dykstra: “The Leaky Cauldron: Learning to Live in the Space between Worlds”

Ecumenical ministers and churches attempt to practice tolerance, for ourselves and for others in our care, and to live with ambiguity in the space between worlds. But are we to tolerate fundamentalist movements that seek to destroy those who tolerate ambiguity? At least part of our response to this perilous quandary may involve getting in touch with our own inner fundamentalist.

Dr. Robert C. Dykstra, Princeton Seminary’s Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, focuses his academic interests on pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, contemporary issues impacting children and adolescents, human sexuality, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences. Dykstra is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and served for a number of years as a pastor, youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor.

Made possible by the Victor L. Baer Seminar on Pastoral Care for Pastors.


laRue Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Tent on the Quadrangle

“Today!”—from Luke 4:14–30

Cleo LaRue, Ph.D., Princeton Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America. He is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica Queens, New York. He is a frequent speaker at churches, seminaries, and conferences throughout the country and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.

Made possible by a gift from the Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J. Ort and First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Seminar in Preaching.


wuthnow Wednesday, October 23, 9:30 a.m., Nassau Presbyterian Church

The James G. Emerson Jr. Seminar
“Faith Communities and the Challenges of Contemporary Culture”

Robert Wuthnow, Ph.D., Princeton University’s Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology, is the chair of the Department of Sociology and director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion. He is a prolific writer in the field of sociology. His books include Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches and After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion.

Made possible by a gift from the James G. Emerson Jr. Seminar for Sustaining Pastoral Excellence.




bostrom Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.

Kathleen S.L. Bostrom, Classes of 1980 and 1983, is a celebrated author and pastor, with more than thirty books translated into twelve languages and sold around the world. She has a particular interest in children’s literature, but has written devotions, a history of the Newberry medalists (children’s book award winners), and a novella. She serves in educational and pastoral ministry in Wildwood, Illinois.


Nicholls Thursday, October 24, 9:00 a.m.

Bruce Nicholls, Class of 1961, a native New Zealander, has served as a seminary professor and as a pastor in India as well as a film producer and a facilitator of agricultural and animal-husbandry entrepreneurs. His theological interests led him to become a cofounder of the Asia Theological Association, and an editor of the 50-volume Asia Bible Commentary Series.


kermit Thursday, October 24, 10:30 a.m.

Kermit Johnson, Class of 1960, is a retired major general in the United States Army. He served as a chaplain in the army, eventually becoming the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains in 1979. Among his writings are Realism and Hope in a Nuclear Age and Ethics and an article for The Christian Century titled “Inhuman Behavior.” In the article he discusses his concerns about torture.


zoltan Thursday, October 24, 1:30 p.m.

Zoltan Daniel Szucs, Class of 1962, is a native of Hungary, and participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Wounded and on the run, he was able to escape Hungary and make his way to America. He has served in a variety of ministries, including as director of campus ministry at Texas A&M University, as pastor of churches in Ohio, where he currently resides, and as a United Church of Christ missionary to Hungary and Slovakia.