Giving Thanks is one of the many themes emphasized during the month of November. Gammon Theological Seminary has a lot in which to be thankful. I am personally thankful for all the students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff of our extraordinary educational institution.
To the all the Gammon Alum, next month, on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 – 5, 2018, Gammon Theological Seminary will celebrate the 135th year of Founders Day! I invite you to return home to Gammon Theological Seminary to join us in commemorating this special occasion! The 2018 Founders Day Thirkield-Jones Lecturer is the legendary Dr. James M. Lawson, Social Rights Activist, one of the original Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Lawson is a retired United Methodist Clergyperson. He pastored Holman UMC located in Los Angeles, California for 25 years from 1974 – 1999. Feel free to read about some of his work here: Freedom Riders, Good Black News, and James Lawson.
To the Gammon Friends, the 135th Founders Day of 2018 will include exciting events! For example, our opening preacher will be Retired UMC Bishop William Willimon, an author of over 50 books. Feel free to read about some of his work here: A Peculiar Prophet. In 1996 Bishop Willimon was rated as 1 of the 12 of the most effective preachers of the english-speaking language by Baylor University. To read the entire list of 1996 effective preachers, feel free to explore: “Baylor Names the 12 Most Effective Preachers.” The Gammon 2018 Founders Day activities will feature numerous wonderful highlights for all to enjoy.
In a book entitled “Begin With The Past” by Dr. Mabel O. Wilson, Professor at Columbia University, explains the importance of highlighting the history of constructing the National Museum of African American History And Culture located in Washington, DC. The informative book conveys the decades of overt complexities and covert challenges of creating the well-regarded National Monument. During the 2018 Gammon Founders Day events we will celebrate the past and focus on our exciting future. Our phenomenal history has value, let us celebrate together in December! See you there!
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary