FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2010
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
Dr. David Yemba Delivers Two Public Lectures at GMC
POULTNEY--Green Mountain College is pleased to host Dr. David Yemba, United Methodist Bishop of the Congo and Chancellor of Africa University later this month. Bishop Yemba will give two public lectures, one on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall titled “Traditional Religious Practices and Contemporary Christianity on the African Continent,” and the other on Friday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in the East Room titled “Issues of Life in the Congo.”
About one-third of all United Methodists now live outside the United States, mostly in Africa, and there are nearly one million United Methodists (UM) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Yemba is one of three United Methodist bishops. He was elected Bishop of the Central Congo Area in February 2005 and his ministry is centered in Kinshasa, the capital city. He was a professor and founding dean of the faculty of theology at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Bishop Yemba has a bachelor of divinity degree from the Protestant School of Theology of the Congo Free University at Kisangani and a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Strasbourg, France.
Green Mountain College was founded in 1834 when the newly formed Troy Conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church voted to establish a “strong and influential” literary institution near the conference’s geographic center. GMC adopted a mission of environmental education in 1995, emphasizing values like sustainability, volunteerism, and social justice that resonate strongly with the College's Methodist heritage.
Now a four-year co-educational liberal arts college with academic programs that focus on environmental sustainability and social justice, GMC was recently named by Sierra magazine as the "coolest school" in the nation based on the College's sustainability efforts.