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. 

Professor Lee C. Barrett

Dr. Lee Barrett will present a public lecture on Kierkegaard and Augustine in Anahuac University in Mexico City in January 2017, funded by the Templeton Foundation and Oxford University. He will also be a keynote speaker at the Kierkegaard and Augustine Conference at Villanova University in October (a conference that was inspired by his book on that subject).

In May 27-28, Lee will present a paper at Yale Divinity School as part of the project  “Joy and the Good Life” sponsored by the Templeton Foundation and organized by Miroslav Volf. 

In June, Lee will give a lecture for the Mercersburg Society’s Convocation at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Last November, he read a paper on Kierkegaard and Catholicism at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. He will give a paper on Kierkegaard and the issue of theodicy at the regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

Lee is finishing an anthology of readings from Kierkegaard entitled Kierkegaard as Theologian, to be published by T & T Clark. He has also completed a critical edition of John Nevin’s numerous essays on the Heidelberg Catechism for Wipf and Stock. In addition, Lee has also become the general editor of the ongoing Mercersburg Theology Study Series, which makes the major writings of the Mercersburg theologians more widely available.

In this past year, Lee has written an essay on Kierkegaard and the mystic Johannes Tauler to be published in The Toronto Journal of Theology, and several essays for the Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception, and Resources series sponsored by the University of Copenhagen. Lee also helps edit the Kierkegaard Yearbook, an annual volume that disseminates the best of the year’s Kierkegaard scholarship.

Lee is a frequent a speaker in local churches and has led numerous workshops and retreats for denominations ranging from Missionary Baptists to Presbyterians and to the Church of the Brethren.

Professor Greg Carey

April 15, Dr. Greg Carey will moderate a workshop during the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. The workshop involves the theological foundations for racial justice, and it will include Professor Doug Foster of Abilene Christian University, Rev. Joyce Shin of Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Kenneth James of Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rochester, NY.

Greg’s new book, Apocalyptic Literature in the New Testament, will appear this June in the series Core Biblical Studies (Abingdon Press, 2016).

Dean David Mellott

Dr. David Mellott’s new book, Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive, is scheduled to be released in November. (Westminster John Knox, 2016).

In May, he presents a paper at the conference Teaching Qualitative Research in Theological Education to Enhance Leadership for Change in the Church at Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, a project funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. 

In June, he will be the co-presenter at the Association of Theological Schools Biennial meeting in St. Louis for a workshop on the expanding role of the faculty in theological schools. At the workshop David and other veteran deans will share best practices for deploying faculty in light of changes in their schools and adaptations of faculty to those changes.

Professor Julia M. O'Brien

Dr. Julia M. O’Brien’s newest book, Micah, was published at the end of 2015 as part of the Wisdom Commentary Series by Liturgical Press. She completed an essay for forthcoming publication, "The Enduring Day of Wrath: Zephaniah 1, The Sibylline Oracles, and the Dies Irae" to be published in Close Readings, edited by Blake Couey and Elaine James (Cambridge University Press, TBA). She has written introductions and annotations to "Habakkuk," "Zephaniah," "Nahum," and "Obadiah" for the New Oxford Annotated Bible, fifth edition to be published by Oxford University Press, TBA.

Among her many other activities, Julia:
•    spoke to Lancaster Ministerium in the Fall on the lectionary texts for Advent;
•    attended Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta at the end of 2015. She continues to serve as co-chair of the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures section and a member of the Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession;
•    will present two sessions on Micah for Adult Form, Immanuel UCC, Shillington, PA, April 17 and 24;
•    will speak on "God and Violence" at a community forum in Reading sponsored by the Spiritual Exploration Project, April 17;
•    led a book discussion on Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord, at Derry Presbyterian in Hershey this spring.

Dr. Darryl Stephens

Lancaster Seminary Director of Methodist Studies, Dr. Darryl W. Stephens's book, Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church's Witness, was published by University of Tennessee Press, 2016. Some of his other publications this year include: “If Churches Were Frat Houses: Title IX Compliance and Clergy Sexual Abuse,” commentary for Feminist Studies in Religion blog, April 7, 2016; “A Cross-Cultural Dialogue of Social Principles,” Methodist History 54:2 (Jan 2016): 102-16; “A Comprehensive, Holistic, and Integrated Approach to Professional Sexual Ethics in Theological Education,” co-authored with Patricia Beattie Jung, Theological Education 50:1 (2015): 53-68.

Myka Kennedy Stephens

Lancaster Seminary Librarian Myka Kennedy Stephens’s presentation "Hosting Conversations in the Library: A User-Centered Approach to Change," is published in Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-ninth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2015).

She will participate in a panel, "Open Source Software in Theological Libraries," at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA, with colleagues from Emory University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Her essay, "The Future of the Small Theological Library," was published in the April 2016 issue of Theological Librarianship, an online journal of the American Theological Library Association.

Professor Anne Thayer

Dr. Anne Thayer’s essay, "Selections in a World of Multiple Options: The Witness of Thomas Swalwell OSB," has been published in Religious Orders and Religious Identity Formation, ca. 1420-1620: Discourses and Strategies of Observance and Pastoral Engagement (Brill, 2016).

She led a Lenten discernment series at Hamilton Park United Church of Christ in Lancaster on the UCC's Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministry.

Anne has been invited to participate in a retreat for Anglican ordinands in the Diocese of Mombasa, Kenya, and preach at their ordination service in January 2017. 

She has been invited to give a paper at a conference in London in March 2017, Circulating the Word of God in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Transformative Preaching in Manuscript and Print (c. 1450 to c. 1550).

President Carol Lytch

Dr. Lytch maintains a busy calendar that also includes speaking and preaching engagements, as well as publications.

April 24 - Presentation on Lancaster Theological Seminary at Living Traditions event, a concert and dinner at St. Paul's UCC, Westminster, Maryland

May 13 - State of the Seminary presentation during Alumni/ae Day, Lancaster Theological Seminary

May 16 - President's Panel at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

June 27-28 - "Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers: How Are Theological Schools Responding?" at the 2016 Academic Officers Preconference to the Biennial Meeting of Association of Theological Schools, St. Louis, Missouri


"The Story of My Call," essay in Faith of Our Mothers, co-edited by Abigail Rian Evans and Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Westminster/John Knox, forthcoming 2016.