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2024 Simpson Lectures & Events

June 11 - June 13

2024 Simpson Lectures

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Dancing in the Darkness 

The lectures are part of our annual East Coast Theology Summer School from June 11-13, 2024, on-site in Wolfville and live online.

Watch Recordings

Lecture 1: Blue Note Preaching in Post Soul World

Lecture 2: When the Empire Strikes Back: Prophetic Preaching in an Age of Empire

Lecture 3: Becoming Homiletical DJs within an Empire with No Rhythm

MacRae Centre Red Sofa Conversation with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Preaching Evangelistically – Preaching Seminar with Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling

East Coast Worship Night Sermon with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

East Coast Worship Night with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III and worship leader Min. Owen Lee




June 11

7:00pmSimpson Lecture 1 with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III - "Blue Note Preaching in a Post Soul World"Fountain Commons & Live Online

June 12

12:00pmFriends & Alumni Lunch
Fountain Commons
1:30pmMacRae Centre Red Sofa Conversation with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss IIIFountain Commons & Live Online
7:00pmSimpson Lecture 2 with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III - "When the Empire Strikes Back: Prophetic Preaching in an Age of Empire"Fountain Commons & Live Online
9:00pmEast Coast Kitchen PartyK.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

June 13

9:00amBreakfast & East Coast Theology Round Table Discussion
Fountain Commons
11:30amPreaching Seminar with Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling - "Preaching Evangelistically"Fountain Commons & Live Online
2:00pmSimpson Lecture 3 with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III - "Becoming Homiletical DJs within an Empire with No Rhythm"Fountain Commons & Live Online
7:00pmWorship Service with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III & Min. Owen LeeFountain Commons & Live Online
Our Special Guests
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality.

Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was recently recognized as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World” by Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a Master of Divinity form Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of “The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World.” The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015.


Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling

The Reverend Dr. Andrew Stirling is the Ambassador for the Canadian Bible Society. Prior to that appointment in 2022, he served as the Senior Minister of the historic Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church in Toronto from 1998 to 2021. Andrew was born in the United Kingdom and is a Canadian Citizen. He received his education in England, Bermuda, Canada and South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Comparative African Government and Law from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Acadia Divinity College (Wolfville, Nova Scotia).

Andrew has written two books: What’s Good About the Good News? and The Christian Imperative (both by Lancelot Press). He was the Editor of The Trinity: An Essential for Faith in Our Time (Evangel Publishing House) and has published over 55 theological and devotional articles.

Andrew has taught Church History at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, Systematic Theology at Tyndale University Seminary (Toronto) and Homiletics at Acadia Divinity College and Emmanuel College at the Toronto School of Theology. He has preached and given lectures on four continents. His theological interests include Evangelism, Church/State Relations, Biblical Theology, Missions and Homiletics. 

Min. Owen Lee

Owen ‘O’Sound’ Lee is a musician, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer based in Halifax, NS. Owen grew up singing in church, and after studying Vocal Performance Jazz at York University he began pursuing music as a full-time career, and has been making strides ever since.

He is the former vocal director/arranger for Divine Worship, under the leadership of Brian Hamilton. During his tenure they recorded two studio albums, I Am A Christian and Chosen – which were both vocally arranged by Owen.

He is currently the Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Hammonds Plains, the Program Coordinator of the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA), and the former Musical Director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir (2014-2019). In Nova Scotia, he has collaborated with artists such as Asia & Nu’Gruv, Cyndi Cain, Reeny Smith, Jody Upshaw, Erin Costello and Dutch Robinson, among others. The Nova Scotia Mass Choir’s 2016 Christmas CD Immanuel was produced, co-written, and arranged by Owen.


June 11
June 13
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