8:30 am—Light Continental Breakfast
9:00 am—Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Deborah Appler
Rev. Dr. Deborah Appler is a professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Director of the MATS Program at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2004, her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in 1987 and her B.A. from Western Maryland College in 1980. She is an ordained elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and served as a pastor as well as worked with the United Methodist Publishing House prior to arriving at Moravian. She spends time writing and working with the Society of Biblical Literature on Bible and Practical Theology, which includes intercultural and pastoral matters as well as violence against women. Her interest in global interpretations of the Bible drove her recent sabbatical spent teaching at Teofilo Kisanji University in Mbeya, Tanzania and her many trips to Israel, where she continues to participate in archaeological excavations.
10:30 am—Worship and Communion
Host Church: Asbury UMC
1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801