Emmanuel’s Ross-Smith Lectures hosts Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey

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Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2017) — Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College will present its Ross-Smith Lectures in Pastoral Care on Oct. 9-10 featuring Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey, who teaches pastoral theology, care and counseling at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Lartey’s presentation, “Deep and Wide: The Kind of Pastoral Care and Counseling Needed in the World Today,” will include three events, which are free and open to the public, in the Mildred Welshimer Phillips Memorial chapel located in Milligan’s B.D. Phillips Building.

• “’Empathy’: The Word Made Flesh,” Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
• “’Interpathy’: From Every Nation, Tribe, and Tongue,” Tuesday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.
• “’Communiopathy’: Into All the World,” Tuesday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m.

Immediately following the Tuesday morning lecture, a complimentary lunch will be served.

In 2013, Dr. Calvin and Nancy Ross endowed the lectures in memory of Calvin’s parents, Walter and Mardel Ross, and, beginning in 2015, in honor of Nancy’s father, Frank S. Smith.

“We’re thankful that Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey will bring this year’s lectures and share his expertise on pastoral care with our community,” said Calvin and Nancy Ross, who established the lectureship to facilitate discussion among ministers, students, educators, laity, medical practitioners, and peace and justice advocates regarding the topic of faith and medicine.

An internationally-acclaimed scholar, Lartey is recognized as a pioneer in the development of an intercultural approach to pastoral care and counseling, which argues for and models respectful engagement across racial, gender, class, cultural and religious boundaries. His 1997 book,
“In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling” (Jessica Kingsley, 2nd ed., 2003) is internationally used as a textbook in pastoral care.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan is a graduate seminary of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ with over 1,650 alumni serving Christ around the world. Emmanuel offers four degree programs: Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and Doctor of Ministry. Learn more about the seminary at


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 800-262-8337.

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