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Spring 2023 Lecture Series: Gene E. Bartlett Chapel Service
The Rev. Dr. Gene E. Bartlett, president emeritus of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, died in 1989 at the age of 79. Dr. Bartlett was president of CRCDS from 1960 to 1970. After his tenure as CRDS President, he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newton Centre, Mass. Following his retirement from the church, CRCDS President Greenfield appointed Rev. Bartlett as a Pastor in Residence for the divinity school and initiated the Bartlett Preaching Conference in 1985. Dr. Bartlett authored several books and had a radio ministry from 1935 to 1960. He was a former president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Following Dr. Bartlett's death, donations from his family and friends funded the continuation of the three-day biennial preaching conference to be led by an outstanding leader in the field of homiletics. Mrs. Jean Bartlett, who passed away in 2015, served as an advisor and on the planning committee. The legacy of Dr. Bartlett in this Chapel service named in his honor.


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Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session, CRCDS '12
Co-Pastor @of The Gathering A Womanist Church of the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ) in Dallas TX
Rev. Dr. Irie Lynne Session was raised in New York City, and now resides in Cedar Hill, Texas a suburb of Dallas. She's the proud mother of India Liana Session. Dr. Irie holds a B.S. in Social Work from Oklahoma Christian University, an M.Div. with a Certificate in Black Church Studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School, specializing in Transformative Leadership and Prophetic Preaching. She's an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and CEO of DreamBIG Coaching & Consulting. For more information about Dr. Irie check out her website at www.dririe.com.