Though the timing is undetermined, Palmer Seminary of Eastern University anticipates moving sometime within the next several months from the Wynnewood campus it has called home since 1940. In recognition of this development, the Seminary's Alumni Task Force has made plans for "Celebration Saturday," scheduled for April 28. All who have ever been part of the Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist) community--past and present--are invited to attend the daylong event. Celebration Saturday is an opportunity for everyone to say their goodbyes to the current campus and to learn about the Seminary's plans for the future, plans that include moving within a few years into a $10 million building to be constructed on Eastern University's west campus. Plans for the interim period call for the Seminary to operate out of the American Baptist Churches Mission Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Celebration Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with campus tours and the chance to view a historical display. The noon luncheon will feature messages from former presidents, at least three of whom will be there in person. Afternoon activities include a field trip to the Seminary's future locations, opportunities to meet and greet current faculty, and various information sessions at which attendees will learn more about the Seminary's future.
The day concludes with a 5:30 p.m. banquet (complete with a full program), followed by a 7:15 closing "Service of Remembrance," with Seminary alumnus ('06) Luis Cortes, president of the national organization Esperanza USA, preaching.
Except for the banquet, which is $20 per person, there is no charge for Celebration Saturday, though registration for the various events of the day is required by the deadline of April 16.
To register for Celebration Saturday (and pay for the banquet), click here.
In addition to past presidents, several former faculty and staff will be in attendance. The Seminary was founded in 1925 as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. For its first 15 years it was located on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Though originally all students were (Northern) Baptists, today the Seminary is home to women and men from several Christian denominations, including United Methodists, Presbyterians, Mennonites, and African Methodist Episcopals.
For more information about Celebration Saturday or Palmer Seminary, contact Randy Frame at 484-384-2980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.