Visiting Scholars


Bringing Theological Excellence to Northeast Ohio

Many renowned theologians challenge, feed, and inspire us through the Visiting Scholars program at Old Stone. See below for some of our past speakers, and check back for more information on future VS events!

COSPIRE!: The Community Creation Weekend at OSC

In addition to being an ordained Nazarene pastor, Kim McLean is an award-winning songwriter for several hit artists, including Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, and Tim McGraw. Her songs have been featured on CBS’s As the World Turns, ABC’s Hope and Faith, and NBC’s West Wing drama. She’s also found success as a performer with her inspirational hit “Angels and Eagles”, which is also a duet with famed country star Dolly Parton.

John McClure is a musician, sound engineer, and author of several books, including Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention. He is also an ordained Presbyterian U.S.A. pastor and serves as a professor of preaching and worship at the Vanderbilt University School of Divinity.

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Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Then and Now

Gary Dorrien is the author of 17 books and numerous articles that span the subjects of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as the “preeminent social ethicist in North America today”, while Robert Neville adds that he’s “the most rigorous theological historian of our time”. Dorrien has also published a critique of Barack Obama’s presidency titled The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective.

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Why Christianity Still Matters: What Comes Next for Mainline Religion?

William Stacy Johnson is an ordained Presbyterian ministry and lawyer who currently serves as the Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D in religion from Harvard University, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his M.Div from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is an outspoken and renowned voice on theological, ethical, and spiritual challenges in the 21st century.

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Choosing Against Our Own Choseness

Walter Brueggemann is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades. He has written more than 100 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. Brueggemann has served as faculty at two institutions in his career: Eden Theological Seminary (1961-1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986-2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

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Diana Butler Bass
Awakening to Spiritual Revolution

Diana Butler Bass is the author of nine books on American religion, including her latest, Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (October 2015). She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America.

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Dale P Andrews
Prophetic Praxis: Wrestling with the Moral Injury of Anti-Racism

Rev. Dr. Dale P. Andrews is the Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He previously served on the faculty of Boston University School of Theology as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology. He is the author of numerous publications including Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology and African American Folk Religion (Westminster John Knox-WJK Press, 2002) and co-editor of a multivolume lectionary commentary series, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice (WJK Press, 2011, 2012, 2013). Dr. Andrews currently serves as co-editor of the journal Homiletic.

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