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Events of the Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry

Andrews Chair Hosts First Building Bridges Conversation, May 4, 2017

MerconiThe Greenville Student Government Association, the McAllaster Scholars Program and the Andrews Fellow in Christian Unity Dr. Ben Wayman hosted the first Building Bridges Conversation on May 4 with special guest Fr. David Vincent Meconi.

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil. is associate professor of historical theology as well as the director of the new Catholic Studies Centre at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review

Meconi addressed the topic of Catholicism and Christian Unity during his visit to Greenville University. 

"The purpose of the Building Bridges Series,” Wayman explained, “is to have conversations that matter. The goal is to foster an environment where we listen well, share well, and understand each other better. My hope for us today is that this will be a space where Christian conversation can take place.”

An excellent turnout appeared in LaDue Auditorium, marking the first Building Bridges Conversation a success.

Wayman's Video Address on Praying the Psalms is Published, April 12, 2017

Ben WaymanOn April 12, Seedbed Publishing, the publishing arm of Asbury Theological Seminary, published Dr. Ben Wayman's Seven Minute Seminary lesson on the psalms, "How Can the Psalms Teach Us to Pray?" In the video, Wayman recovers the ancient Christian practice of learning to pray by praying the psalms. Utilizing the work of Eugene Peterson and fourth-century bishop of Alexandria St. Athanasius, Wayman explains that up until the 20th century, Christians turned to the Psalms to develop a mature prayer language. He raises the question, "If Jesus prayed the Psalms, shouldn't we?"

This lesson condenses and reframes the material from Wayman's 2014 book, Make the Words Your Own: An  Early Christian Guide to the Psalms.

Students Attend DeLubac Lecture Series at SLU, March 7, 2017

GC students at lecture

Assistant Professor of Theology and the 2016-2017 James F. and Leona N. Andrews Fellow for Christian Unity Ben Wayman took 45 students and a few faculty members to hear a lecture by Dr. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, on March 7.

The event, hosted by the St. Louis University Theological Studies Department, touched on the topic of supernatural vs. natural, with the former archbishop suggesting a close relationship between divine and human, rather than a fixed divide.

Williams’ lecture was part of the annual DeLubac Lecture series at St. Louis University.

Bastian and CVCMS Team Up For Speaker On Christian Unity, March 7, 2017

Dean DettloffIn a collaboration with Matt Bernico of the Communication Department and the Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies, Ben Wayman, 2016-2017 Andrews Fellow for Christian Unity, hosted Dean Dettloff on campus for a colloquium on Christian unity on March 7, 2017.

In his lecture, "In the World, Not of It: Christianity and Media in the Electric Age," Dettloff explored how the faith of both Marshall McLuhan and Paul Virilio plays out as a foundation of their theories of media and technology. Dettloff is from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada.

Bastian Faculty Present at Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Conference, March 2-4, 2017

Brittingham and BantumIn early March, faculty members of the Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry contributed to the Wesleyan Theological Society's annual conference at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Bastian faculty in attendance included Christina Smerick, John Brittingham ’06 and Ben Wayman ’02. They were joined by Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matt Bernico ’10.
Smerick presented a paper entitled “Ecclesiotomy: The Church as the Bodies of Christ” and moderated a conference session on race. She was elected second vice president of the Wesleyan Theological Society and will plan its annual conference in 2020.
Wayman presented a paper, “The Changing Shape of Free Methodist History,” proposing a global and unifying history of the Free Methodist Church.
In addition to attending the Wesleyan Theological Society conference, Brittingham is the current president of the Wesleyan Philosophical Society and organized its pre-conference meeting March 2. Brittingham provided the theme—philosophy, religion and race—and invited the keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Bantum from Seattle Pacific University.
Bernico attended the pre-conference meeting of the Wesleyan Philosophical Society to present his paper “Enclosure, Exclusion, Ecology: A More Than Structural Racism.” The paper examines how urban infrastructure creates systems of social exclusion.

Wayman Featured for Discussion of Women's Ordination

Ben Wayman on SeedbedAssistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology Ben Wayman was recently featured in’s Seven Minute Seminary series discussing the topic of women’s ordination.

In the video, Wayman addresses common objections to women’s ordination, and makes the case for supporting women’s ordination. Wayman stresses it as a church issue and not simply a “women’s issue.”

In 2015, Wayman edited the newest edition of B. T. Robert’s book Ordaining Women.

Watch Wayman’s video at

First Andrews Lecture A Success on February 15, 2017

Michael GormanGreenville College was pleased to host the First Annual Andrews Lecture in Christian Unity on February 15, 2017.

The lecture, entitled That They May All be One: New Testament Images of Christian Unity," was given by Dr. Michael J. Gorman, who holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gorman also gave a chapel address the same day.

Launch of the School, October 5-6, 2016

Bastians at Ribbon CuttingThe celebration and launch of the Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy and Ministry took place Wednesday and Thursday, October 5 and 6, 2016.

The celebration began with an address from Bishop Donald N. Bastian at Wednesday’s chapel service. An afternoon ribbon cutting and dinner at Armington Center followed. On Thursday, Bishop Bastian was a guest speaker at the Orientation to Ministry class.

Listen to Bishop Bastian's chapel address, view photos or see the video (below) about the two-day event.

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