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Second Mondays at Wesley

A Different Way to Start Your Week

On September 2007, professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which took his life less than a year later. He decided to use the time he had left to say what he thought was most important – his “last lecture.” 

This is the inspiration for the fall 2012 Second Mondays series at Wesley Theological Seminary. Four members of the Wesley faculty will speak to us as if it were their “last lecture.” The speakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences to their work in the world, but each has been asked the same question: “What concentrated wisdom from your chosen field would you want to pass on to us?” Please join us for four compelling lectures to learn the answers to that question.

Monday, September 10 
Carla Works   
Assistant Professor in New TestamentCarla Works

Carla is in just her third year as a member of the  Wesley Seminary faculty. She has made a significant mark already. In the broad spectrum of New Testament studies, Carla’s research interests include Pauline studies, the New Testament’s use of the Old, biblical ethics, Hellenistic Judaism, sociological studies, and theological interpretation. Also a minister’s wife, Carla is an active member of the church and enjoys teaching adult Bible studies and hosting youth gatherings. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and playing Wii with her son Jonathan.

Monday, October 8 
William B. “Bobby” McClain
Mary Elizabeth McGehee Joyce Professor of PreachingBobby McClain

A pastor of churches in Alabama, Philadelphia, and Boston; a teacher at Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Emerson College; and a renown preacher and speaker who has graced major pulpits and universities throughout this   country and in Africa, Asia, the West Indies, New Zealand, and Europe, Bobby has been a vital part of the Wesley Seminary faculty for more than 30 years. His fields of expertise are preaching, liturgy, and worship.

Monday, November 12 
Sondra Ely Wheeler
Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian EthicsSondra Wheeler

Sondra’s focus is on theological bioethics, biblical ethics, virtue ethics and the historical roots of Christian moral theology.   She also works with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Human Genome Initiative of the National Institutes of Health on programs relating to social, ethical and religious aspects of genetic technology. Her particular interest is in the interface between questions of biomedical ethics and the central commitments of Jewish and Christian faith. At present she is working on a project funded by the Lilly Endowment on the moral character of parental power and its implications for bioethics. 

Monday, December 10
Drema McAllister-Wilson

Minister of Congregational Care, Metropolitan Memorial UMCDrema McAllister-Wilson

An ordained United Methodist Pastor, Drema has been serving in various pastoral capacities for the past   twenty-five years including congregational pastor, Chapel Elder, hospice chaplain, and teacher. She received certification in thanatology in 2006 with an interest in being a death educator, end of life counselor, and spiritual midwife during the dying process. She is committed to helping persons at end of life confront their dying so that they can die peacefully and unafraid. Drema is adjunct faculty at Wesley and teaches a graduate course on Spirituality and Loss at George Washington University.


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