Spring & Fall Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

Spring 2015 Lecture Series (March 2-3, 2015)

Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levinson


First Lecture, 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 2, Trinity UMC sanctuary--"Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists"

Second Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, Townsend Auditorium--"Holiness in Black and White: Women, Race and Sanctification"

Workshop for Clergy, 1:00-3:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, Glenn Lowe Dining Room in Sherman Hall--"Mission Then/Mission Now: Antioch and Your Church"

Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison holds faculty appointments as Professor of Theology and Assistant Director of Women’s Studies at Seattle Pacific University and Affiliate Faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. In recognition of her teaching effectiveness, the Wabash Center included her in a study of Fifty Effective Teachers of the Introductory Course in Religion and Theology.

Her published areas of research—six books and many articles—include American women’s religious history, Methodist history and theology, mission and evangelism, and the ecumenical movement. She has authored or edited the following books: Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, 2014), Sex, Gender, and Christianity (Wipf & Stock, 2012), Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible (Westminster John Knox, 1999) Jesus in Global Contexts (Westminster John Knox, 1992) and Evangelization in a Liberation Perspective (Peter Lang, 1991).

Pope-Levison, an ordained UMC minister, serves as the current president of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church and on the World Methodist Council’s dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church. She and her spouse, Jack Levison, wrote the 2014 United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Growth Study, How Is It With Your Soul?


Previous Speakers

  • Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University (OCU).  Topic – “Many Ways of Being Christian"
  • Dr. J. Steven O’Malley, John T. Seamands Professor of Methodist Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary. Topic – “Methodism and World Christian Revitalization: Past, Present, and Future”
  • Rev. Jim Harnish, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, Fla.
  • Dr. David Lowes Watson, Director of the Office of Pastoral Formation for the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, and author of Covenant Discipleship
  • Dr. James “Mickey” Efird, Professor of Greek and Biblical Studies, Duke Divinity School
  • Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology
  • Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of the Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School
  • Dr. Carlton R. Young, Professor of Church Music, Candler School of Theology, and editor of the United Methodist Hymnal (1989)
  • Shane Claiborne, Christian activist, leading figure in the New Monasticism movement,  one of the founding members of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of  Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
  • Dr. Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, Candler School of Theology
  • Dr. Steve Harper, Emeritus Professor of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies at the Florida-Dunnam campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla
  • Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary