Convocation 2013: Devotion in the Study of Religion (Video)

Convocation 2013: Devotion in the Study of Religion

HDS opened its 198th academic year on Thursday, August 29, 2013, under a white tent behind Andover Hall. The Convocation featured a welcome from Dean David N. Hempton and a keynote address, "Devotion in the Study of Religion," by Professor Stephanie Paulsell. Remarks, readings and address below.

Watch the full video (1:08:43)

David N. Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity

First Reading
Song of Songs 6:4-10
Omobolaji Ogunsola, MDiv candidate

Second Reading
Excerpt from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Isabelle Jenkins, MDiv candidate

Introduction of the Speaker
Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church (FAS), and Professor of Religion and Society (HDS) 

Address: Devotion in the Study of Religion
Stephanie Paulsell, Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies
In part 1, Professor Paulsell remembers the historic 2003 HDS Convocation Address, Where Do We Stand, and how HDS has changed in the past 10 years.

In part 2, Professor Paulsell talks about the many manifestations in devotion and how it is represented in devotional texts like the Song of Songs and in literary works like Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

Professor Paulsell continues her discussion of Virginia Woolf and the concept of devotion in religion and in art.

Professor Paulsell discusses the anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and the inspiration we can draw from a lesser-known figure, Antoinette Tuff, who talked down a gunman at a Georgia elementary school.

Closing Word
Dean David N. Hempton