The “Faith Seeking Understanding” Lectures at Union-Charlotte!

James Howell

James Howell

The Charlotte campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary is excited to welcome Rev. Dr. James C. Howell as the presenter, along with his daughter, Rev. Sarah Howell, of our fall theological lecture series, “Faith Seeking Understanding.” James Howell is the senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and Sarah Howell is the associate minister at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, NC.

The presentation is entitled, “A Cross-Generational Conversation: Where the Church Has Been, Where the Church is Going.” The place is the campus of Union in Charlotte, and the time is Sunday, October 19, 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

In addition to being the senior pastor of Myers Park Methodist, Dr. Howell is the author of fifteen books and serves as adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School, as well as appearing on the Day 1 / The Protestant Hour program. His daughter, Sarah, leads Roots Revival, a mid-week worship service featuring Americana/roots-based music at her church. She is also involved in international missions and women’s ministry.

We are happy to learn from the shared wisdom of this father-daughter team, as we face the challenges of the church in America today.

Sarah Howell

Sarah Howell

Free Research Class


As a service to our students, David Mayo — the library director at Union-Charlotte — will be offering a one-day class on how to acquire the skills to do scholarly research, including the use of the library’s vast resources. Here are the details:

Research Strategies and Library Information

August 23, 2014; 10:00am to 3:00pm

Lunch Provided

This is a 4-hour session on how to develop research strategies and improve the use of library resources.

Contact David Mayo ( if you are interested to learn more or plan to attend.


Party for Dean Currie!

Here at the Charlotte campus, we have been celebrating the retirement of our fearless leader, Rev. Dr. Thomas Currie!

Here are some pictures from the festivities (click to enlarge):

Currie party 1

Dean Currie spreads the love of Jesus Christ!

Currie party 4

Dean Currie spreads the love of Karl Barth!

Currie party 3

Dean Currie warns about the perils of Mister Rogers!

Currie party 2

Dean Currie now back to spreading love!

Currie party 5

After a brief rain scare, God’s favor returns!

Currie party 6

Thomas and Thomas!


Ministry Matters – free resources for Union students


As a student at Union Presbyterian Seminary, you have free access to Ministry Matters (formerly “iPreach”) — a wide array of both academic and pastoral resources. These include:

  • The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
  • The New Interpreter’s Bible
  • Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (John Hayes, ed.)
  • Abingdon Commentaries (OT and NT)
  • Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Years A, B, C)
  • The Abingdon Preaching Annual (Years A, B, C)
  • John Wesley’s Sermons
  • Children’s Sermons for the Revised Common Lectionary
  • Dictionary of Liturgical Terms (Philip H. Pfatteicher, ed.)
  • Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Rodney Hunter, ed.)

These are quality resources, which would require purchasing if you were outside of seminary. You will also have access to a number of standard texts used in classrooms across the country, such as González’s A History of Christian Thought (revised edition, 3 volumes) and Metzger’s The New Testament: Its Background, Growth, and Content (3rd edition). Ministry Matters also features articles and blogs, regularly updated, written by pastors reflecting on the experience of teaching, preaching, and counseling — as well as audio/video on spiritual practices in the church.

How to access Ministry Matters

1. Go to the Morton Library homepage:

2. Click on “online databases” (in the left column)

3. You will see a list of our various databases in alphabetical order. Find “Ministry Matters” and click.

4. If you are on campus, you will be automatically logged-in to Ministry Matters. If you are off campus, you will need to login using your username and password, associated with your UPSem email. For example, if your email is, your login name is “,” and the password is the same as your email.

Extended Library Hours for Final Week


Attention students:

The library will be extending its hours for this week. On Monday and Wednesday, we will stay open until 9pm. And our regular hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will remain the same: open until 10pm. So you will have ample opportunity to enjoy our serene and lovely study space in the library!

Paul Molnar comes to Charlotte


Paul Molnar is giving our spring lecture at the Charlotte campus this coming Sunday, plus a luncheon/presentation on Monday. The lectures are free! Molnar is a fine scholar, working within the dogmatic traditions of both Catholic and Protestant theology. The title of his lecture is “Karl Barth and the Importance of Thinking Theologically within the Nicene Faith.” Molnar is a Roman Catholic theologian and professor of systematic theology at St. John’s University, NYC.

Here are the details:

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – Lecture is free and open to the public. 4:00 – 5:30pm

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Pastors’ and Christian Educators’ Program. 10:00am – Lunch 12:00pm *This event is free but reservations are requested – please call: 980.636.1661 or email

Both events will take place in the Gathering Space on the campus: Union Presbyterian Seminary – Charlotte 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Library Resources for Ordination Exams


At the end of the month, some of our students will prove their exegetical skills in the mastery of their ordination exams! Union students are equipped to handle the most obscure conundrums in the history of exegesis, but the library is nonetheless at hand for help. We have put aside a broad range of commentaries on Isaiah and James, as will be needed for your exams. You will have the spacious and aesthetically-pleasing environment of the upper floor in the library, wherein you will also have access to lexicons and other resources. You can also use the online databases (see here for a “how to”).