Bishop Willimon To Speak On 'What’s Ahead for the UMC?' At Summit

Three-day event, March 26-28, includes lectures by Perkins professors

Bishop Will Willimon and five Perkins faculty members will offer a wide range of enrichment courses during the three-day Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning, formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity, on March 26-28.

Headlining the event is a half-day course March 26, taught by Bishop Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, on “What’s Ahead for the UMC?” The course will explore how the United Methodist Church arrived at the present moment, what factors led to the Special General Conference and its aftermath, and what is ahead for the future.

Attendees may opt for a different half-day course on Thursday, “A Boundless God: The Spirit According to the Old Testament,” taught by Jack Levison, W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew. 

All-day courses will be offered on March 27 and 28:

  • “How to Read the Bible According to the Early Church Fathers” by James Kang Hoon Lee, Associate Professor of the History of Early Christianity
  • “Truth-Telling in a Post-Truth World” by D. Stephen Long, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics
  • “The Emperor's New Clothes: How Mark's Ironic Passion Story Reveals God's Reign,” by O. Wesley Allen, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology
  • “How Do We Solve A Problem Like ... Mary?” by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology, Perkins School of Theology



Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020