Princeton, NJ, May 8, 2012–A world music concert, Blessings on the Journey: Heritage, Hope, Hospitality, and Horizon,” in tribute to Princeton Theological Seminary’s fifth President Dr. Thomas W. Gillespie and in celebration of the Seminary’s Bicentennial, will take place on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Chapel. It will feature the Oîkos Ensemble, a nationally acclaimed jazz ensemble. A preconcert hymn sing, “Hymns in the Key of Jazz,” will begin at 6:45 p.m.

thomas gillespieThe world music concert will include a performance of “Be Thou My Vision” sung in honor and in memory of Gillespie, who died in November 2011. Appointed in 1983 as the Seminary’s fifth president, Gillespie served as president and professor of New Testament until his retirement in 2004.

A reception honoring Gillespie will follow the concert at 8:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. The Reverend Todd Jones, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, the Seminary’s William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis, and Dr. Shane Berg, the Seminary’s assistant professor of New Testament, will pay tribute to Gillespie. 

The Oîkos Ensemble’s original music is based on multicultural themes expressed through the lens of jazz, America’s original art form. Through music and story, the ensemble and its founder, the Reverend Clifford Aerie, will celebrate the worldwide reach of the Seminary community throughout its 200-year history. Learn more about the Oîkos Ensemble by visiting www.oikos-ensemble.com.

International students and alumni/ae are an integral part of the Seminary. This year’s entering class included students from Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Guyana, India, Jamaica, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands. Currently, 879 alumni/ae are serving internationally.   

Join us for an evening of song and tribute. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Marcus or call 609.497.7750.

Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial, Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.

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