Payne Theological Seminary Founder’s Week:
A Celebration of “Payne and the Sacred Arts”
November 16-17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011
WILBERFORCE, OHIO—Payne Theological Seminary, under the leadership of President Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, will host Founder’s Week on November 16-17, 2011. This will be the culmination of the yearlong commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Payne’s founder, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. During the past year, Payne has hosted a Five City Tour, visiting key cities that significantly impacted the life of Bishop Payne. After visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, the Five City Tour will conclude at Wilberforce, Ohio, with the Founder’s Week activities.
As the only free-standing African American seminary in the world, Payne’s purpose is to promote education, religion and morality by educating persons for service in Christian ministry and missions. Embodying this purpose, the theme for this year’s Founder’s Week is “Payne and the Sacred Arts.” On November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Payne will host a special theatrical production, co-sponsored by the Payne Alumni Association and produced by Mr. Ron Himes, founder of The Black Rep in St. Louis. The “Payne and the Sacred Arts” performance will include music, poetry, dance, and dramatic and visual arts to highlight life experiences of Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company will be featured in this performance, which will be held at the Central State University Paul Robeson Center for Music and the Performing Arts, located at 1400 Brush Row Road in Wilberforce. Local schools and colleges are asked to encourage teachers and students to attend this historic event, which is free and open to the public.
Payne has commissioned a mural by Dayton artist Mr. James Pate, which features presidential leaders and key institutional icons of Payne Theological Seminary. This mural will be unveiled at the Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Library at Payne on November 17 at 5:00 p.m. Following the mural unveiling, guests are invited to view the “Spirit” exhibit by renowned Dayton artist, Mr. Willis “Bing” Davis, and attend a reception honoring Payne presidential leadership at the newly renovated Mitchell-Anderson Hall. The events of the evening will culminate with the Founder’s Week Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Living Savior. Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District and Vice Chairman of Payne’s Board of Trustees, will be the guest preacher. All of Thursday’s events are located on the Payne campus at 1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Wilberforce.
Payne is launching a 5-City Tour celebrating our Founder's 200th Birthday!
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Payne has a new SMART classroom located on the first floor in the Administration Building. This new classroom will significantly increase the schools technological capability. Students will be able to interact online with students and faculty at Payne during classes and for community activities. We are excited about the potential and endless possibilities this new technology brings to the Seminary community.