BSK Holds Fifth Annual E. Glenn Hinson Lectures
On March 4, 2013, the Seminary held the 5th Annual E. Glenn Hinson Lectures. Dr. Robin Jensen, the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, delivered the lectures.
A scholar of Christian liturgy, doctrine, and art, Dr. Jensen lectured on early Christian baptism. In her first lecture, she presented an overview of the visual arts and the design and decoration of the ritual space associated with early Christian baptism.
Her second lecture focused on the sacrament’s complexity as considered through the theological motifs of cleansing, initiation, illumination, death and resurrection, and the eschatological restoration of creation. Dr. Jensen’s fascinating photos and clarity of expression brought to life the ancient ritual practice of Christian baptism.
BSK established the Hinson Lectures Series in 2009 to honor the life and work of Dr. E. Glenn Hinson. The series is designed to explore formational, foundational, or future issues in the areas of spiritual formation, church history, spirituality, ecumenism, and Baptist history. Dr. Hinson joined us for the day’s events and copies of his autobiography, A Miracle of Grace, were available for purchase.
Also on exhibit throughout the day was a selection of Christian icons “written” by Jenny Neat, a stained glass artist of over 30 years. Jenny, who grew up in Lexington, began exploring the “writing” (painting) of icons as she moved around the U.S. and S. Korea with her military spouse and as a part of her Christian faith pilgrimage. She now lives in Frankfort, KY where her husband Fr. Jessee Neat is the rector of Church of the Ascension (Episcopal).
Dr. Willie James Jennings will be the Hinson lecturer for the 2014 Lectures, scheduled for March 3, 2014. Dr. Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School. For many years, he served as the Academic Dean of the Divinity School and now serves as a consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, The Lilly Foundation, and The Association of Theological Schools. We are excited to have Dr. Jennings with us on campus next spring.