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Spring Convocation 2015


Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20 is the first day of spring, which makes it a perfect day for this year’s theme of rebirth and renewal: “Inspiring Vitality in the 21st Century Church.” Our keynote speaker is the dynamic Rev. Michael Piazza, co-founder of the Center for Progressive Renewal, where he serves currently as the Director for Congregational Vitality. Michael’s tremendous success in building the Cathedral of Hope in Texas from 280 to 3,500 members in the late ‘80s is just the beginning. He currently teaches Church Planting and Renewal at the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary and co-authored Liberating Hope in 2011 with Rev. Cameron Trimble.

Over lunch we will celebrate the Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree, this year’s recipient of the Spirit of the Hill Award. Davida is a ’72 grad of Andover Newton with a D.Min. as well from Hartford Seminary. Many of you know her as the former Connecticut Conference minister in the UCC, but here on the Hill we know her as a tireless, dedicated volunteer for the advancement of this school and its mission. Come help us celebrate her work!

The afternoon session will expand on the theme of revitalization with a panel discussion featuring noted clergy who have all brought new energy to their churches:

  • The Rev. Dr. Todd Yonkman (ANTS DMin. ’12) is the senior co-pastor at Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence. His recent book is entitled Reconstructing Church: Tools for Turning Your Congregation Around.
  • The Rev. Molly Baskette is the lead pastor at First Church Somerville (UCC) and the author of Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too.
  • The Rev. Dr. Douglas Scalise has pastored the Brewster Baptist Church on the Cape for 20 years, and in that time the congregation has tripled from 150 members to 450-500 today!

After hearing the panel, you’ll have a lot to talk about, so we’ve arranged for an informal gathering and conversation in the Berkeley Room. The day will conclude with a relaxed dinner with faculty in Upper Noyes, featuring special musical entertainment by the Love Tones.

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Friday, March 20
8-9:45 a.m. Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast
Wilson Chapel
10-10:45 a.m. Morning Devotions
Wilson Chapel
10:45-11 a.m. Greeting, Martin B. Copenhaver, President, Andover Newton Theological School
Wilson Chapel
11 a.m. - Noon Keynote: “Church Revitalization: Sowing the Seeds of Growth and Progress”
Michael Piazza, Director of Congregational Vitality, Center for Progressive Renewal
Wilson Chapel
12:15-2:15 p.m. Lunch
  • President’s Address: Martin B. Copenhaver, Andover Newton
  • Spirit of the Hill Award: Davida Foy Crabtree ‘72, recipient

Upper Noyes Hall

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: “Bringing New Life to Your Old Church”
Todd Yonkman ‘12, Molly Baskette, Doug Scalise
Wilson Chapel

4-6 p.m.

Fellowship, renewing friendships, informal discussions
Wine and Cheese
Berkeley Room

6-10 p.m.

Dinner and entertainment
The Love Tones
Upper Noyes Hall

Saturday, March 21
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Brunch and Farewell
Upper Noyes Hall

Registration Fee: $95/person early bird rate before Jan. 26, 2015; after Jan. 26, the rate is $110/person.

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