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East Coast Theology Summer School Events & Simpson Lectures

June 13 - June 15

East Coast Theology Summer School Events & Simpson Lectures Schedule
Beginning with courses in May, the East Coast Theology Summer School will culminate the week of June 13-15 with a series of events on campus and live online: the Simpson Lectures, a celebration of East Coast Theology Volume One, alumni gatherings, continuing education opportunities, and much more!
Tuesday, June 13
12:00pmLunch & Celebration of the William & Virginia Leach Chair of Pastoral Psychology
Share a meal together and celebrate the new academic chair. Lunch will be provided by the Beatty Ryckman Operating Endowment
Acadia Divinity College
1:15pmPastoral Psychology Seminar with Dr. Wanda Malcolm Building a Life of Active Engagement and Rest in Ministry: A Reflection on Mark 6Acadia Divinity College & Livestream
2:45pmPastoral Psychology Seminar with Dr. Glen Berry Self-AwarenessAcadia Divinity College & Livestream
7:00pmSimpson Lecture 1 with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
"The Challenge of White Christian Nationalism"
Fountain Commons & Livestream
Wednesday, June 14
10:30amWorship Service with Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveFountain Commons & Livestream
11:30amFriends & Alumni Brunch
Everyone is welcome to join us for brunch where you'll hear from students about how your support has impacted their studies. Cost: $5.00
Fountain Commons
1:15pmMacRae Centre Red Sofa Conversation with Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveFountain Commons & Livestream
2:30pmPreaching Seminar with Dr. Stuart Blythe and Dr. Connie Phillipson
"Rhetoric for the Common Good: Preaching with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos"
Fountain Commons & Livestream
7:00pmSimpson Lecture 2 with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
"The Christian Legacy of Moral Fusion"
Fountain Commons & Livestream
Following the LectureEast Coast Kitchen PartyK.C. Irving Centre Garden Room & Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
Thursday, June 15
9:30amSeminar with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Doctor of Ministry students only
Acadia Divinity College
2:00pmLaunch of East Coast Theology: Volume One Panel Discussion on the Church and Public Health
- Dr. Robert Strang
- Dr. Anna Robbins
- Dr. Rebecca Casey
- Dr. Lennett Anderson
Fountain Commons & Livestream
3:30pmEast Coast Theology Volume One Seminars with ADC Faculty
Choice of Two:
Dr. John McNally - "Partners for Public Health: Empowering Leadership Practices"
Dr. Danny Zacharias - "Healing Beyond Oneself: The Honouring of Tenacity and the Healing of Community in the Ministry of Jesus"

Acadia Divinity College & Livestream
4:15pmEast Coast Theology Volume One Seminars with ADC Faculty
Choice of Two:
Dr. Spencer Boersma - "Freedom and Other F-Words: Reflections on the Convoy and Christian Faith"
Dr. Jody Linkletter - "Lived Theology: Reflections on Ministry in Light of the Imago Dei"
Acadia Divinity College & Livestream
5:00East Coast Theology: Volume One Celebration & BBQ
Continue the conversation and celebrate the launch of East Coast Theology: Volume One!
Cost: $10.00
Acadia Divinity College
7:00Simpson Lecture 3 with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
"A Public Witness for Our Time"
Fountain Commons & Livestream

Special Guests

Dr. Wanda Malcolm

Wanda Malcolm has recently retired from her position as Professor of Pastoral Psychology at Wycliffe College where her teaching focused on the knowledge and skills essential to forging a sustainable life of faithful ministry. Her emphasis was on the crucial role of self-responsibility, and the importance of ongoing prayerful engagement in practices that replenish spiritual and psychological resilience.   

Dr. Malcolm will be delivering a Pastoral Psychology seminar on Tuesday, June 13th. 

Wanda continues to work as a clinical psychologist and takes joy in being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband especially enjoy family gatherings at their cottage where kayaking, gardening, crafting, reading fiction, and playing board games are among Wanda’s favorite restorative pastimes. 

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless share community with the formerly housed. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a popular education center that works to make “surprising friendships possible.” He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black Saint John’s Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan will be delivering the 2023 Simpson Lectures.

Dr. Robert Strang

Robert began his career in Nova Scotia’s healthcare system in 1999 as the Medical Officer of Health for the Capital District Health Authority. He joined the Government of Nova Scotia in 2007 as the acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection before becoming Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Dr. Strang will participate in a panel discussion on the church and public health as part of our East Coast Theology Volume One launch event. 


June 13
June 15


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