Dr. Deirdre "Dede" Johnston, professo
r of communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, will be next year's convocation speaker. She conducts research in the area of global communication and cross-cultural happiness. She has also led the development of a peace and justice studies minor at the college, and was involved in curriculum development for women's studies and American ethnic studies.Worship Leader
The Rev. Shawna Bowman, associate director of field education and experiential education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will lead worship at next summer's iteration of Synod School. Bowman is also an artist, and pastor at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She is a co-founder of Creation Lab, an art collective.