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Spring Convocation, Reception, and Evening Vespers

Philadelphia Campus

May 7, 2019

About This Event

What Shall We Then Do?

Creating Healing Communities Around Forgiveness and Reconciliation

With Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear

At the core of the gospel message stands restoration and community.  In the era of political and cultural divisiveness, no institution has a clearer mandate to model life together than the church.  Yet, our captivity to American culture has made us an unwitting accomplice to the strife of the hour.  Can the church reclaim its roots in redemption and restoration?  Can we find and offer the forgiveness that builds communities of salt and light?

Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear

About Rev. Dr. Trulear

Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear is an ordained American Baptist minister and serves as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University, where he is also immediate past president of the Gamma of DC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation. Designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Healing Communities has been implemented in over 25 sites nationally, in partnership with such organizations as the Progressive National Baptist Convention, The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and the D-Free Ministry. Dr. Trulear is on the pastoral staff of Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Southwest Philadelphia, and also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC. He has taught religion, public policy and community studies in several institutions, including Yale University, the University of Southern California, Hartford Seminary, Eastern University and Vanderbilt University.


  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome, Alumni Association Meeting, & Introductions
  • 9:45 Keynote Address
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:30 Workshop 1 (TBA)
  • 2:30 Workshop 2 (TBA)
  • 3:30 Workshop 3 (TBA)
  • 4:30 Reception
  • 6:00 Vespers


Convocation Fee: $50
Lunch: $10
Reception: Free (but please register for planning purposes)


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Event Contact

Chelle Huth
Director of Lifelong Learning, Field Formation, Certificate Studies & Adjunct Faculty
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Philadelphia Campus

7301 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119