Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

The Worley Legacy: Past, Present and Future

Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, 2017

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McCormick Theological Seminary invites you to an event honoring Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Worley, who served as Professor, Director of the D. Min. Program, Dean, and Vice President and who died on June 30, 2016.

Beginning with dinner and an opening address on Thursday, April 20, 2017, the event continues Friday, April 21, 2017 with a one-day symposium.

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Event sessions will explore Dr. Worley’s approach to theological education, which stemmed from his background in science and dentistry and grew into questions about human nature and how people develop. He turned often to John Dewey and his emphasis on experiential education—you are who you are because of your experiences. Dr. Worley applied this exploration to his approach to theological education. He knew that people learned from one another and formed groups of students who studied together; this became the format of the Doctor of Ministry Program under his leadership.

As Vice President for Academic Affairs under President Dave Ramage, he was pivotal in McCormick’s creation of cross cultural ministry programs:  the Hispanic Ministry Program, the Korean-American Ministry Program, the African-American Ministry Program, the African American Leadership Partnership Program, and ultimately the Language Resource and Writing Center.  He taught regularly at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon, preached and taught on many occasions in South Korea and led many groups from Chicago Presbytery to the Middle East.

Dr. Worley was excited by current scholarship, which explores the intersections between and among groups of oppressed populations and wanted to know more about what we can learn from one another.  It is clear to us that his curiosity and value system are models that can carry theological education into the future.


Thursday Evening:

6:15 pm           Welcome and table blessing              Dr. Frank M. Yamada, President

6:25 pm           Dinner

6:45 pm           Why we are here                                Dr. Pauline Coffman, student,                                                                                                                                                              colleague, friend, and mentee

7:00 pm           A look at my Dad                                Rob Worley

7:15 pm           Opening Address                                 Dr. David Daniels

Friday Symposium:

9:00 am – 9:30 am                  Refreshments, greetings       

9:30 – 11:55 am                      Panel and discussion, Pauline Coffman, moderator

12:00 - 12:45 pm                     Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm                        Afternoon Discussion

3:00 – 3:30 pm                        Closing Comments, Frank Yamada, President

Program subject to change.

Registration is $50 through April 14, 2017, after is $60.

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Overnight accommodations are not included. The nearest hotels to McCormick are: LaQuinta, Hyde Park and Hyatt Place Chicago/South University Medical Center.