“The Bible in Christian Worship” theme for Sprunt Lectures May 2-4

Richmond, Va. — The Sprunt Lectures, Union-PSCE’s annual lecture series and alumni/ae reunion gathering, will be held May 2 – 4 in Richmond. Theme of the lectures is “The Bible in Christian Worship.”

Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop, two respected authors, scholars, and leaders of Christian worship, will present four lectures on the theme. The lectures begin on Wednesday evening, May 2, at Ginter Park Church, near the seminary.

Ramshaw is a scholar of liturgical language and professor of religion at La Salle University. Lathrop is the Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgy Emeritus at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Four alumni/ae of Union-PSCE will play a major role in the event:
President Louis Weeks, who will retire from the seminary at the end of June, will be the preacher for worship on Thursday, May 3. A reception on Wednesday, May 2, is planned to honor Weeks for his service to Union-PSCE.

Celebrated author Katherine Paterson, a graduate of PSCE, will speak at a banquet on Thursday evening, May 3. Paterson is the award-winning author of books for young people including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved. A film version of her novel, Bridge to Terabithia, has played in theaters nationwide this spring.

Lewis Galloway, pastor of Second Church in Indianapolis, Ind., will speak at the luncheon on Thursday, May 3. Galloway is a trustee of Union-PSCE.

Professor of New Testament Frances Taylor Gench will deliver an inaugural lecture on Friday, May 4. Dr. Gench, who joined the faculty in 1999, will be named as the Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation.

All events are free and open to the public; there is a modest charge for meals. For more information, call 1-800-229-2990 x226 or visit the Web site