Off Campus Appearances & Activities

Internationally known scholars, respected teachers, gifted preachers, talented writers and editors, our people personify Lancaster Seminary's attributes: Innovative. Involved. Inclusive. You'll find them sharing their knowledge outside our campus, preaching, teaching, presenting, and publishing.

Lee C. Barrett

Lee's book, Eros and Self-Emptying: The Intersections of Augustine and Kierkegaard, was the focus for scholarly conferences at St. Olaf College and The University of Copenhagen. The Journal of Theology of the University of Toronto is publishing a special volume of essays in response to his book, and he has been invited to give public lectures at Villanova University and Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico City.

Spring 2015 - Teaching at Derry Presbyterian Church; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; Immanuel UCC, Shillington; and Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg.

July 2015 - Teaching and preaching in the Bay View Chautauqua in Michigan.

Lee has been invited to edit a volume of essays on Kierkegaard and Augustine by the University of Nitra in Slovakia, and to serve on the advisory board of Estudios Kierkegaardianos, a Mexican theological journal.

In 2015, he also:

  • co-edited The Theologically Formed Heart (Eugene: Pickwick, 2014), an anthology concerning the spiritual benefits of the theological task;
  • published “The Distinctive World of Mercersburg Theology: Yearning for God or Relief from Sin?” (Theology Today, January 2015)
  • published several essays on Kierkegaard for Blackwell’s Companion to Kierkegaard (Oxford: Blackwell, 2015) and for Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Receptions and Resources (Ashgate: Burlington, 2015), and “The Moral Implications of Augustine’s Philosophical and Spiritual Journey in The Confessions,” co-authored with Roman Králik and Michal Valso, in Communications, a Slovakian journal.

Stephanie M. Crumpton

Spring 2015 - Presenter: “Laugh, Dance, Cry: Womanist Practices of Rebodying Identities Disintegrated by Violence” as part of the academic lecture series on campus

Spring 2015 - Coordinator of three Testify conversations on race and violence.

Summer 2015 - Summer Fellow in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Religion African American Pre-Tenure workshop.

October 2014 - Published: A Womanist Pastoral Theology Against Intimate and Cultural Violence (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Julia M. O'Brien

Fall 2015 - Authored a commentary on the book of Micah in a new series devoted to feminist biblical interpretation to be published by Liturgical Press

Spring 2015 - Lectures and Presentations: “Biblical Perspectives on Marriage” at the Penn Central UCC Open and Affirming Coalition; “How to Read a Prophet” at Christ Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill; and “Gender and the Bible” for Elizabethtown College students.

Darryl Stephens

2015 - Presenter: “Healing Congregations: Where Compassion Meets Justice,” at the annual Deacon Dialogue in Evanston, Illinois, exploring how the Deacon often is in a crucial position to identify, name, and address the symptomatic evidence of clergy sexual misconduct, creating opportunities for healing within the congregation.

Myka Kennedy Stephens

June 2015 - Presenter: "Hosting Conversations in the Library: A User-Centered Approach to Change," a listen-and-learn session at the 2015 ATLA Annual Conference in Denver

2014 - Published: "Partnering with the Parish: Information Behaviors of Faith Communities," Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-eighth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2014)

Elizabeth Soto

June 2015 - Keynote Speaker at the Hispanic Mennonite Convention Banquet: "Women Called to Change Our Times," Dallas, TX 

June 30-July 5, 2015 - Presiding over the Assembly at the Mennonite Church USA Convention, Theme: On the Way/En el Camino, Kansas City, MO 

Anne Thayer

Summer 2015 - Recipient of a one-month Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Library Fellowship to continue work on the marginalia of Thomas Swalwell, an early 16th-century monk in the Durham Priory. 


President Carol Lytch

Our President maintains a busy calendar that also includes speaking and preaching engagements; here are just a few:


Jan. 25-28 - Presenter: "The President as Educator" at Association of Theological Schools Presidential Leadership Intensive, San Antonio, Texas

Feb. 3-5 - Co-leader with Prof. Lee Barrett - "Not What I Expected: Reflecting Theologically in a Rapidly Changing Ministry," Penn Central Conference's Clergy Convocation, Hershey, Pa.