Rev. Dr. L. Weldon Palmer will present his talk ”The New Humility and the Crosstalk of Learned Strangers” as the 2014 Conference Keynote address.
Rev. Palmer is Senior Pastor of the Kingston Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. A graduate of Baylor University, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, with concentrations in moral theory and social ethics. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Religion) of Columbia University.
In his doctoral work, Rev. Palmer concentrated in religious ethics and American religious traditions and specialized in the moral theoretical elements of American Protestant thought, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries.
During his doctoral program, he was a research and teaching member of the Project on Issues of Ethics and Values in Health Care, an interdisciplinary biomedical ethics curriculum development project at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He co-authored interdisciplinary studies in neonatology, in geriatrics and gerontology, and in biomedical experimentation.