Last week, a number of Oklahoma Christian University faculty presented at the 2012 Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference. Since 1981, the conference calls together Christian scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.
This year there were 93 generative, paper, peer-reviewed and panel sessions. The theme was Reconciliation: At The Intersection of Scholarship and Practice. One of the plenary speakers was Fred D. Gray, an attorney with remarkable achievements in civil rights legislation, the defense of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. He has also exemplified a life-long devotion to Christ and His church. Gray was the commencement speaker for Oklahoma Christian’s December graduation in 2009. Video of his address can be viewed above.
On the first day of the conference, OC’s president, John deSteiguer, participated in the “President Panel Session: Church of Christ Affiliated Colleges & Universities.”
On the next day, an entire session was dedicated to “The Mentor and His Students,” in which OC’s beloved professor of English, Bailey McBride, was one of the honorees.
In addition, OC Bible professors John Harrison and Richard Wright served as conveners for two sessions. Harrison’s session was titled “New Testament: Pauline Theology, while Wright’s session was titled “Doctors, Medicine, and Christian Origins.” In addition, OC graduate student Matthew Dowling presented in the session titled “Technology and Transcendence: Christian Responses to Transhumanism.”
On the last day, OC’s Dudley Chancey, professor of youth ministry, convened and presented at the session titled “Emerging Perspectives on Intergenerational Ministry.”
John Harrison also participated as a respondent on a panel discussion titled “Evaluating an Interactive Web Bibliography for Church Leaders.” OC alumnus and adjunct faculty member Jeremie Beller presented at the session titled “Message Creation and Effects: Essays in Media, Rhetoric and Reconciliation.”
In addition, former OC faculty member Lindy Adams, who is the wife of recently retired music professor Ken Adams, served as a panelist. Her session was titled “Forgiving But Not Forgetting: Lessons From Immaculee Ilibagiza’s 'Left to Tell: One Woman’s Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust.'”