Cresson, Pa. – The Mount Aloysius College Summer Scripture Institute announces their program for 2014. Featured speaker Mr. James Davison will present, “Malachi to Matthew; How Changes in Israel’s Life Impacted Them…and Us.” Dr. Davison, a noted author and presenter, wrote the national Presbyterian program entitled, “The Year of the Bible.” His work brings an international scope to this year’s Mount Aloysius Summer Scripture Institute. The event begins Tuesday, June 24th at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 27th. The Summer Scripture Institute at Mount Aloysius College was created for clerical and religious attendees. Participants staying on campus are charged $300 for the event which includes room and board. Commuting participants are charged $235.
James E. Davison served as director of continuing education and lecturer in Greek language and exegesis at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary until retiring in August 2013. Prior to coming to the Seminary in 2001, Dr. Davison focused on education and mission as senior associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. He was associate professor of religion and philosophy at Sterling College, KS, from 1976 to 1984.
Dr. Davison is a graduate of Westminster College (B.A.), where he participated in the Junior Year Abroad program, studying at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. After graduation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div.), he lived and worked in the Netherlands for seven years, while studying at the Free University of Amsterdam (Doctorandus, a Dutch degree). He completed his studies in historical theology at the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He was ordained in 1982 by the Presbyterian Church (USA).
In addition to his authorship of the national congregational program, “The Year of the Bible,” he has published four other books, along with a number of articles in popular and academic journals. For eight years, he chaired the Theology and Education Committee of Christian Associates, the ecumenical organization for Southwest Pennsylvania. He has continued to serve on the Committee throughout his years in Pittsburgh. He teaches classes and workshops regularly in local congregations.
Davison is married to Dr. Reeny D. Davison, retired executive director of ASSET, Inc., a non-profit company specializing in professional development for schools. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren. Mr. Davison enjoys jogging, tennis, and travel. One of the “high points” of his life was traveling with his oldest son, Tim, in 2006 to Tanzania, where they hiked to the summit (19,340 feet) of Mt. Kilimanjaro.