• 2021 Lancaster Theological Seminary DMin Symposium

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    Symposium presentations will be conducted online using Zoom.

    Schedule of Events
    Time Presenter Topic
    8:30-9:20 a.m.   Anita Wood  "The Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin: Transformation Through Group Engagement in Evolutionary Process"
    9:30-10:20 a.m.   Susan Claytor  "Hospitality to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their Families"
    10:30‑11:20 a.m.   Dottie Almoney  "Reclaiming the 'D' Word: The Ministry of Diakonia in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America"
    11:30 a.m.‑12:20 p.m.  Linda Moore  "Pastor Can We Talk? A Retrospective Study of How the Black Church Fails to Support Sexually Abused Black Women"
    12:20-1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break  
    1:00‑1:50 p.m.   Tracy Mooney  "Cultivating a Culture of Electronic Evangelism"
    2:00‑2:50 p.m.   Dan Jurman  "When Did We See You Hungry: Saving the Church by Serving the World"
    3:00‑3:50 p.m.  Celestine Fields  "Black Pastor, White Church: Using Positive Psychology as a Mission-Driven Strategy for Building and Sustaining Diverse Multicultural Congregations"
    4:00-4:50 p.m.  Patricia Prendergast  "Once upon an Agency: Faith Led the Way"
    All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00)

    Presentation Details for Current DMin Students and Guests

    • Presenters are listed below in schedule order
    • Expand the presenter's section to find:
      • Supporting documents provided by presenter (if applicable)
      • Online evaluation form (made available at the time of presentation)
      • Recorded presentation (available starting March 23, 2021)

  • Pastor Can We Talk?: A Retrospective Study of How the Black Church Fails to Support Sexually Abused Black Women

    Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.


    This major project seeks to address the issues of sexual abuse within the Black Church and to offer pastors and lay leaders’ guidance to assist congregations in breaking the cycle of sexual abuse and silence. In the confounds of the Black Church and the greater African American community, issues of sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, or sexual behaviors have been neglected. To that end, this study aims to provide guidance and validation that the Black Church has a long history in supporting one another; however, sexual abuse and the treatment of Black Women were not given the adequate support. For far too long those issues have been secretly housed within the walls of our families, our civic organizations, and our Black Churches leaving victims without a platform of any kind, in which to express anything related to sex. As a result, men and especially women and children have undergone the effects of shame of not having an outlet or a safe place to unburden themselves of any form of sexual improprieties. In essence, this study is a compilation of personal experiences coupled with academic evidence that the Black Church needs a specific protocol and platform to combat the issues of sexual abuse. 

10:30 a.m. - Dottie Almoney1:00 p.m. - Tracy Mooney