To register for upcoming Return & Learns, please visit the Alumni Events website. Below are recordings of previous sessions.

Return & Learn: The Changing Christian Landscape with Dr. Lee C. Barrett

Tuesday, Mar. 7

The religious environment of the United States is changing rapidly and dramatically. Because of accelerating ideological polarization, secularism, and religious indifference, many of the faithful are worried about the future of the church. We will explore the ways in which new styles of being the church may be necessary to grapple with our shifting cultural context.


Dr. Brigidda Bell – Hear Her Voice: The Women Coworkers of Paul

February 8, 2023


Dr. Catherine E. Williams – Preach Less, Sing More: A Faithful Response to Congregational Stress

January 17, 2023

A sermon infused with or surrounded by music lands differently in the hearts of listeners. This lecture demonstrates how preaching might utilize the gift of congregational song to “make the wounded whole.”


Dr. Julia M. O’Brien – Reading the Bible for the Sake of the Planet

October 18, 2022

What does it mean to read the Bible in the context of the environmental crisis of our time? In this session, Dr. O’Brien overviews interpretative strategies that do (and don’t) provide helpful resources for the future.


Rev. Dr. C. Riddick Weber – Worship at the Beginning of Endemic Covide: What the Church can Learn from what we Learned from Covid

September 28, 2022

The outbreak of COVID motivated many churches, both congregations and denominations, to make changes they never thought they would or could make. This evening we will raise questions about what churches could or should do to “return to normal,” and what adaptations might we want to retain?