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What is the L.I.V.E. Symposium?

The L.I.V.E. (Learning, Inclusion, Vitality, Exploration) Symposium is Princeton Seminary’s initiative to reach domestic underrepresented prospective students in graduate theological education as they discern their vocation within the church. Princeton Seminary’s commitment to inclusion is reflected not in a specific project, but in all of the institution's activities. 

Students will gain a greater awareness through:

  • presentations from a diverse group of students, faculty, and administrators about campus life 
  • presentations from faculty members about responding to a call in a multicultural and pluralistic society
  • panel discussions with alumni, faculty, and students on vocational discernment
  • attending classes and meeting professors
  • visiting local alumni for exposure to practical experiences

The L.I.V.E. Symposium takes place twice during the academic year. Thirty ministerial candidates from underrepresented domestic population groups are invited to campus for a 2-1/2-day vocational exploration. 

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Dr. Eric Barreto to speak at the Nov. 5–8 L.I.V.E. Symposium

L.I.V.E. Symposium | November 5–8, 2017  

*Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

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Dr. Eric Barreto, Princeton Seminary’s Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament will be the keynote speaker at The L.I.V.E. Symposium. The keynote topic for this vocational exploration weekend will be: “Responding to the Call: Breaking Out of the Margins!” There are dramatic movements that are taking place in our society and in our churches. These movements, characterized by the tremendous variety that human beings exhibit makes it all the more remarkable that we all come from the one Creator, that we all depend on God, and that we all can find salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, we are living in a society that challenges the very nature of the "common-ness" of our faith as we interact within this ever-changing, multi-cultural society within a context of religious and philosophical pluralism. A society where differences are reinforced by systemic forces of racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, and classism. A society where the repugnance of “the other” is intensified both for those who have power and for those who are powerless. At this installment of The L.I.V.E. Symposium we will examine the challenges of responding to God’s call in such an environment where the “margins” are amplified at every level of society and indeed the church.  

L.I.V.E. Symposium | March 18–21, 2018

*More information coming soon

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About the Reverend Dr. Victor Aloyo Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Aloyo Jr. is Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary.

He earned an EdD at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1989. He currently serves two multiethnic Presbyterian congregations in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor , Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature, altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”