Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean to Speak on Youth Issues at United Theological Seminary

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Nationally Known Speaker Featured at Dayton, OH, Seminary's Heck Lectures

2013 Heck Lectures

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean will be the speaker at this year's J. Arthur Heck Lectures on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH, 45426.

United Theological Seminary (United) announces the annual J. Arthur Heck Lectures and Alumni/ae Banquet, which will be Oct. 15, 2013 to Oct. 16, 2013.

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean will be the speaker at this year's J. Arthur Heck Lectures on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at United, which is located at 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH, 45426. Dr. Dean's presentation will be on "Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church."

Her first lecture is titled, "In Search of a Younger Church: Ministry After the National Study of Youth and Religion." Her second is "Theological Education for a Younger Church: How Teenagers and the Makers of Prozac are Changing the Christian Leadership Formation," followed by a panel discussion.

The Alumni/ae Association will present three awards during the Annual Alumni/ae Banquet held the evening before the Heck Lectures: The Effective Ministry Award, The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award and the Outstanding D.Min. Alumnus/a Award. This year's awards banquet and decade reunion lunches ('53, '63, '73, '83, '93 and '03) are Tuesday, Oct. 15, at United Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She served as a pastor and as a campus minister before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She also currently serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ, supervising the student interns there. She has authored numerous books on youth and the church, including The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root. Read her book excerpts and additional ministry details at kendadean.com.

For more information, including the complete schedule, or to register, visit United’s website.

United Theological Seminary, now in its 143rd year, is one of the fastest growing theological schools in the United States. It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in The United Brethren Church and father of Wilbur, Orville and Katherine Wright. United offers accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity. See http://www.united.edu for more information.

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