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David Freeman Lecture Series:

David Freeman was an ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament within the Presbyterian Church (USA). He faithfully served for more than 40 years and spent most of his ministry partnering with churches across the South. In honor of his life and ministry, a lecture series was given in his honor after his death in 2014.

This year’s David Freeman Lecture Series will be held on Sunday, November 3rd with Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President and Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Van Dyk will lead worship at 10:30 am and will speak at a joint Sunday school class at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall.

All are invited to attend her evening lecture, “Doctrines that Confound, Comfort, and Claim Us,” from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. A nursery ministry will be provided for all events. Please contact the church office at 663-234-1757 if you are interested in learning more or attending. We are located at 924 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.

The following day on Monday November 4th, the Presbytery of St. Andrew in partnership with First Presbyterian will be offering a continuing education event with Dr. Tim Hartman, Assistant

Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection which will be released in November. In the spirit of the David Freeman Lecture Series, this is a great opportunity to continue that theological conversation with leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Hartman will be offering a graduate level class entitled, “Reformed Theology in Global Perspective: What we can learn from the worldwide Church for our contemporary challenges.” A description and bio are below.

“It is no secret that over the last half-century, Christianity has been receding in cultural influence. Increasing secularization and intensifying globalization have forced many pastors to reexamine their theological presuppositions, including wondering if the theology that they were taught in seminary has any relevance in their ministry. When I served as a pastor, I wondered whether the answers I had been taught (based in the 16th century Reformation) connected with the 21st century questions I was being asked. My theological journey led me to graduate school to look for solutions to the challenges of pastoral ministry that lay outside of North America. In our sessions, through both lecture and directed conversations around tables, I will paint a picture of our contemporary cultural context and the relevance of Kwame Bediako of Ghana and Karl Barth of Switzerland for our present situation. Through my introduction to the thought of these two theologians, I will claim that contemporary theological reflection needs to be Christological, contextual, cultural, constructive, and collaborative. Together, we will consider how to adapt insights from these Reformed theologians from far away for the theological and pastoral challenges closer to home.”

This event will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church and includes a catered lunch. Registration for this event is $125 and is payable to the Presbytery of St. Andrew. RSVPs to the church (drandolphfpc@gmail.com) or the presbytery (mail@standrewpresbytery.org) are appreciated for this continuing education event.