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Simpson Lectures 2020

February 10 - February 13


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Feb 10

Lecture #1

Topic: ‘All the feels’ – how to think (theologically) about feeling and why it matters for emotionally literate ministry, preaching and worship. How different eras of church history, different denominational traditions and different cultural traditions read and show emotion in their practices.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pmSheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsRev. Dr. Doug GayView Live Stream
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Reception8:30pm – 9:00pm
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsJoin us for a reception following the evening lecture. 
Feb 11

ADC Breakfast8:30 am – 10:30 amSheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsRegistration Required 
Red Couch Conversation11:00 am – 12:00 pmSheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsRev. Dr. Doug Gay and Dr. Anna RobbinsView Live Stream
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Preaching Workshop

Topic: “Preachers!- Understanding and Caring for Your Voice”

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Dr. Christianne Rushton
Director, School of Music
Acadia University
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“Preaching and Plagiarism”

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Rev. Dr. Danny Smith
Lead Pastor
Middleton Baptist Church
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Doctor of Ministry Supper4:45pm – 6:00pmLocaiton: Paddy’s Pub, 2nd FloorJoin Dr. Stuart Blythe to learn about how an ADC Doctor of Ministry Degree can equip you to serve.
Registration Required.

Lecture #2

Topic: ‘Stir It Up’
Effective, Affective, Reflective Practice in Worship + Preaching. Healthy and unhealthy suspicions of rhetoric and ‘manipulation’. Exploring how this relates to new forms of visual and virtual rhetoric.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pmSheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsRev. Dr. Doug GayView Live Stream
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Feb 12
Worship Service11:30 am – 12:30 pmManning Memorial ChapelPreacher: Rev. Dr. Doug Gay 
Community Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:30 pmAcadia Divinity College$4 suggested donation 
Public Lecture
God, Scotland and the Politics of Nationalism”
2:00 pm – 4:00 pmSheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons

Lecture by: Rev. Dr. Doug GayPanel Discussion – Joined by:

Dr. Geoffrey Whitehall
Head and Professor, Acadia University Politics Department

Dr. Spencer Boersma
Assistant Professor of Theology, Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University

Moderated by Dr. Anna Robbins
President, Acadia Divinity College

Dean of Theology, Acadia University

for a lecture and panel discussion.

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Lecture #3

Topic: Feels Like Mission? – finding ‘new ways to touch the hearts of all’ (Iona Community). Preaching and worship as part of the church’s mission in cultures marked by ‘populism’, divided by connectivity and obsessed by celebrity

7:00 pm – 8:30 pmSheldon L. Fountain Learning CommonsRev. Dr. Doug Gay

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All times listed in Atlantic Standard Time (AST -0400)


Rev. Dr. Doug Gay

Rev. Dr. Doug Gay
Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow
Lecturer in Practical Theology

Doug joined Theology and Religious Studies in October 2005 after PhD studies in New College, Edinburgh under Will Storrar and David Fergusson. He holds an MA degree in Modern History and International Politics from the University of St Andrews and a BD from the University of Glasgow. Doug is an ordained minister who trained for ministry in the Church of Scotland and worked as a Church of Scotland minister for two years, before spending six years working in Hackney, East London as a minister of the United Reformed Church. He has worked as a religious columnist for The Times and is also active as a hymnwriter and liturgist.

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