Geoffrey Black to deliver commencement address at Lancaster
Written by Staff and Wire Reports
May 10, 2012

The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, will deliver the commencement address for the 2012 graduating class of Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary.

Black's speech comes three weeks after the Pennsylvania seminary inaugurated the Rev. Carol E. Lytch as the first woman chosen president in the school's 187-year history.

During her address April 28, Lytch detailed her vision for theological schools in general, and Lancaster Theological Seminary in particular. She spoke of a bright, prosperous, challenging future for both seminary and church.

"The seminary is a servant of the church –– that is, the church as it is now and the church as it will be strengthened,” said Lytch. "The future church will be more global, more affirming of distinct racial and ethnic identities, more Open and Affirming, more electronic and more socially-networked."

Black is scheduled to arrive May 18 to attend a noontime Alumni/ae Day Banquet and a late-afternoon reception for UCC students at Lytch's home.

The May 19 commencement will begin at 11 a.m. at Church of the Apostles UCC Lancaster. 

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