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Release Date: Friday, October 4, 2013 5:09 PM
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Howard University School of Divinity 97th Annual Alumni Convocation
Dr. Jonathan L. Walton

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2013) – The Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) will host its 97th Annual Alumni Convocation at the Howard Thurman Chapel on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

The theme for this year is “Black Megachurches: Preaching, Politics & Possibilities.” Through sermons, lectures and panel discussions, participants will examine theological teachings about Black Megachurches. 

Wednesday, Oct. 16
The Convocation will begin on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., with speaker Jonathan L. Walton, Ph.D., from Harvard Divinity School’s Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church, and author of Watch This: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism.

Thursday, Oct. 17
Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, Ph.D., Hood College professor of political science and African-American Studies, and author of The Black Megachurch: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement, will present the Cynthia Wedel Lecture on Religion and Public Policy at 10 a.m.

Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs

There also will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Jonathan L. Walton, Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, alumnus and members of the Howard University School of Divinity community at 1:30 p.m.

97th Annual Alumni Convocation includes the following activities:
Speaker, Jonathan L. Walton, Ph.D.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Howard Thurman Chapel
Includes reception in the Tweed Ethiopian Art Gallery

The Cynthia Wedel Lecture on Religion and Public Policy -Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, Ph.D.,  
Thursday, Oct.17, 10 a.m.
Howard Thurman Chapel
Includes Q&A after lecture

Lunch sponsored by the HUSD Alumni Association ($10-cash only)
Thursday, Oct. 17, 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Panelists include: Drs. Walton and Tucker-Worgs, keynote speakers
Drs. Grainger (HUSD Alumnus '82) and Jo Ann Browning (HUSD Alumna '86 and '91), Ebenezer AME Church; Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, professor of Christian Ethics; Reggie White, 3rd year M. Div Candidate; Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert, professor of Homiletics, moderator

Book Signing
Thursday, Oct. 17, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, please email or click here. There is no fee associated with the event (except where noted), and it is open to the public.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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