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January 19, 2016
Mercer University Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics Dr. David Gushee was recently voted president-elect of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) at the organization’s annual meeting in Toronto.
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January 4, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts, professor of divinity, founding dean and former vice president at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia, has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, effective July 1, 2016.
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November 6, 2015
Mercer University professor Dr. David Gushee was elected vice president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Board of Directors on Thursday.
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October 21, 2015
Mercer University's James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will welcome Dr. Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, for the eighth annual D. Perry and Betty Ginn Lectures on Christian Faith and Modern Science.
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July 7, 2015
Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, was introduced as the newest columnist for Religion News Service on June 29.
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June 25, 2015
Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has appointed Dr. Robert N. Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology. Dr. Nash’s appointment is effective July 1, when the School’s current and founding dean Dr. R. Alan Culpepper will step down after 20 years of service in that post.
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June 25, 2015
Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has appointed Dr. Robert N. Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.
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May 14, 2015
Mercer University, in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia (CBF/GA), dedicated its new interfaith prayer garden today on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.
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May 5, 2015
Libby Allen recently announced plans to step down as director of admissions for Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, effective June 30.
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April 24, 2015
ATLANTA – Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology will host a three-day conference on "John and Judaism" prior to the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meetings 2015, which will take place Nov. 21-24 in Atlanta.
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April 14, 2015
Mercer University in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia cordially invite you to an Interfaith Prayer Garden dedication ceremony. This important day will mark a significant moment and space for multi-religious life on Mercer's Atlanta campus.
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March 2, 2015
Mercer University Recognized for Partnership with Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary
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January 27, 2015
Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2015 William L. Self Preaching Lectures, Feb. 2-3, at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology.
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October 9, 2014
ATLANTA – Mercer University President William D. Underwood has appointed, upon the recommendation of Provost Dr. Scott Davis, a search committee to identify and recommend a dean for the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology to succeed founding dean Dr. R. Alan Culpepper. Dr. Culpepper announced in August his intention to return to teaching after 20 years in the post. The search committee will be chaired by Mercer Chancellor Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, who as Mercer's president in 1995 recruited Dr. Culpepper to lead the new school. "The selection and appointment of the next dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology signals a new era in the life and work of the School," Dr. Godsey said. "I am honored to serve with a diverse and distinguished group of individuals being appointed by President Underwood, and I join them in a common commitment to the mission and future of the School." Other members of the search committee include: Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation, McAfee School of Theology Dr. Bill Coates, pastor, First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Dr. Bill Ireland, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia, chair of the McAfee School of Theology Board of Visitors, and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Rev. Julie Whidden Long, minister of children and families, First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, and alumnus of the McAfee School of Theology and College of Liberal Arts Dr. Hewitt W. "Ted" Matthews, senior vice president, Mercer University Health Sciences Center, and dean of the College of Pharmacy J. Thomas McAfee III, chairman and president, Hallmark Systems Inc., and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia, and former member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Dr. Daniel Vestal, Distinguished University Professor and director of Mercer's Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, professor of pastoral care and counseling, McAfee School of Theology "I am grateful to Dr. Godsey and to each member of the search committee for their willingness to serve in this important role for the University," Dr. Davis said. "The appointment of a dean to follow Dr. Culpepper's long and dedicated service will be an important milestone for Mercer's McAfee School of Theology." About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta, on Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, M.Div.-Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.Div.-Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Non-Profit. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.
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September 5, 2014
McAfee School of Theology is proud to announce the hire of Tamela M. Patterson of Stone Mountain, GA as the new Enrollment Associate in the admissions office.
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September 2, 2014
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. Dr. Walker-Barnes has earned degrees from Emory University (B.A., Psychology and African-American/African Studies), the University of Miami (M.S. and Ph.D., Clinical Child/Family Psychology), and Duke University (M.Div., Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry). She is currently Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes served on the faculty at Shaw University Divinity School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. A candidate for ordination in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, she is licensed to practice psychology in Georgia and North Carolina.
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September 1, 2014
Dates: September 28-30, 2014 Location: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simon's Island, GA Sponsors:Co-Sponsored by James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia Registration Click here to download the registration form. You can fill it out, print it, and send it to the address provided. For more information call 678-547-6470. Keynote Speaker Diana Butler Bass,Diana Butler Bass Author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.
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August 21, 2014
ATLANTA – Dr. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theology at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and a leading scholar in the field of bioethics, will visit Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Campus, Sept. 29-30, as a guest of the Center for Theology and Public Life, McAfee School of Theology and the Office of Student Affairs in Atlanta. "I consider Dr. Camosy one of the most important young voices in Christian bioethics today. His work ranges across such issues as neonatal intensive care issues, abortion, Christian treatment of animals, the work of Peter Singer and more. He exemplifies a holistic commitment to the sacred worth of all human beings and the dignity of animal life, as well," said Dr. David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life and Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, who invited Dr. Camosy to visit Mercer. Dr. Camosy will speak at four venues on the Atlanta campus, beginning with a lunch presentation on the theme "Can We Do Bioethics Without Religion?" on Sept. 29 at noon in the Trustees Dining Room. This event is open to the public, and a free meal will be provided to the first 75 Mercer students in attendance. He will dialogue with students in Dr. Gushee's Pastoral Bioethics course about his upcoming book on abortion, on Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Dr. Camosy will speak in McAfee School of Theology chapel on "Moral Consistency" on Sept. 30 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. He will dialogue with students in Dr. Gushee's Christian Ethics course on the themes of love and justice on Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. "Dr. Camosy will anchor the bioethics work at Fordham University for years to come. He is well-versed in bioethics, secular and Christian moral thought, and a range of specific issues. He is loyal to his Catholic faith tradition while broadly engaged in the global bioethics conversation," said Dr. Gushee. "His is an important voice to bring to Mercer University. I am grateful to the Office of Student Affairs and to McAfee School of Theology in partnering with the Center for Theology and Public Life for these events." Dr. Camosy earned his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned a master's degree in systematic theology and a bachelor's degree in philosophy as well as communication and theatre. He has published three books – For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action (Franciscan Media, 2013), Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Too Expensive to Treat? Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010). Dr. Camosy was a founding member of the organizing committee for Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words, an international conference designed to think and speak differently about abortion. He is founder and co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project and an editor and contributor to catholicmoraltheology.com. He serves on the ethics committee of the Children's Hospital of New York and on the advisory board of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. He co-convenes the bioethics section for the Catholic Theological Society of America and the ethics section for the College Theology Society, and is a member of the international working group "Contending Modernities," which explores how Catholicism, Islam and Secular Liberalism can productively interact in regard to ethical issues. About the Center for Theology and Public Life The Mercer University Center for Theology and Public Life (CTPL) promotes public dialogue, research and constructive solutions related to important public issues to which theology and ethical reflection can make a significant contribution. The CTPL plans, hosts, and supports events that model civic, constructive and substantive conversation about major issues in public life such as poverty and economic justice, human rights, crime and the death penalty, international peacemaking, biomedical ethics, family and sexuality, church-state relations, national identity, immigration, etc. The CTPL seeks whenever possible to encourage dialogue toward constructive solutions for the common good. For more information, visit ctpl.mercer.edu/. About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta, on Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, M.Div.-Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.Div.-Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Non-Profit. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.
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August 15, 2014
Dr. R. Alan Culpepper Announces Plans to Step Down After 20 Years as Dean of McAfee School of Theology
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June 11, 2014
Thirteen McAfee students and Drs. Rob Nash and David Garber recently returned from a three week long mission and cultural immersion in several cities of India, including Hyderabad, Bodhgaya, Kolkata, Pune, Aurangabad, and Mumbai. Ministry highlights included the opportunity to lead worship in three congregations, to visit a number of ministries including sewing centers and a Christian school in Hyderabad, to encourage Christian families during a visit in a slum area in Mumbai, and to work with children and the elderly through the Sisters of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order in Kolkata. In addition, the group visited a number of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples and caves and the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment at the Mahabodhi Temple at that World Heritage Site.
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