All faculty, staff and students are invited to join us for the Opening Convocation of Columbia Seminary. The event will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 am (time has been changed). This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 187th session, and is open to the public.
The speaker will be Andrew Foster Connors, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church (www.browndowntown.org) where he has served since 2004. A church “alive in the city and the world,” Brown Memorial Park Avenue continues to live into its mission to become a radically inclusive Christian community, sent into the world to work for God’s peace and justice.
Andrew serves as clergy co-chair of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD – www.buildiaf.org), a local affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and Maryland’s largest citizens power organization. For thirty-five years BUILD has helped identify and develop leaders to build citizen power for change in their own communities. BUILD is responsible for the successful passage of the first living wage ordinance in the world, the largest afterschool program in Baltimore (Child First), and the rebuilding of two blighted neighborhoods – Sandtown-Winchester and the Oliver community (in partnership with The Reinvestment Fund). Recently, BUILD led the effort to secure $1.1 billion dollars in public financing for the rebuilding and renovation of more than 1/3 of Baltimore’s public school facilities, the largest single increase to neighborhood investment in Baltimore’s history.
Andrew is a native of Raleigh, NC. He attended Duke University as a B.N. Duke Scholar where he received a B.A. in History with a focus on contemporary social movements. He holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He was the 2001 recipient of the prestigious David H.C. Read Preaching Award and has preached at numerous conferences and events around the country. He is an organizing member of NEXT Church (www.nextchurch.net), a national movement among Presbyterians excited about the future of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He currently serves as co-chair of the organization.
Andrew is married to the Rev. Kate Foster Connors, also ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They live in Baltimore with their two children.
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