Opening Convocation 2018


We will host the 2018 Opening Convocation on Wednesday, September 5 at 11:00 am at Columbia Presbyterian Church. Our speaker will be the Rev. Shively Smith, Boston University School of Theology Assistant Professor of New Testament. There will be a luncheon (by RSVP only) following at 12:30 pm in the Refectory.

The Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith recently joined the faculty of Boston University School of Theology as Assistant Professor of New Testament, having served in that capacity at Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) for several years. She completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University as the first African American female degreed in that specialization. Since her graduation, Smith has emerged as a sought after teacher, preacher, writer, and scholar who is dedicated to the work of academic theological studies and ecumenical service across multiple arenas. As a scholar of New Testament, Smith writes and teaches on all 27 books of the New Testament, but her particular focus is on the traditions of Peter, diaspora studies, African-American and womanist approaches to the Bible, biblical hermeneutics, and issues related to the treatment and hospitality extended to “strangers,” locally and globally.

Her first book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household, was published with Baylor University Press and she is completing a commentary on Second Peter for SBL Press. Smith continues to write articles such as “One More Time with Assata on My Mind: A Womanist Rereading of the Escape to Egypt (Matt 2:13-23) in Dialogue with an African American Woman Fugitive Narrative” as well as lectionary contributions to resources like WorkingPreacher.Org, Odyssey Network, and Westminster John Knox’s Feasting on the Gospels and Connections Commentary series. Smith is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she proudly serves as member and resident scholar at the historic Cathedral of the AME Church, Metropolitan AME Church (Washington, DC).

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