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Black History Month 2023 at Southwest

Black History Month Kickoff Dinner and Keynote with the Very Rev. Kim Coleman

Friday, February 3, 2023 | 6:00pm
Weeks Center

In support of the 2023 Black History Month theme, “Black Resistance,” join us for our 2023 BHM Keynote Address, “Black Resistance: Yet with a Steady Beat,” featuring The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman, National Union of Black Episcopalians president. This dinner will be a reflective look at the more than 200 years of the Union of Black Episcopalian leadership in the Episcopal Church. This will also be a time for us to honor our Southwest alumni/ae and the contributions of other Black leaders in service. Full dinner reception. Semi-Formal attire. RSVP required.

Note: The Very Rev. Coleman will also preach in Christ Chapel at Southwest’s Thursday evening Eucharist on February 2 at 5:30pm. All are welcome.

 2023 Payne Lecture featuring J. Kameron Carter

Tuesday, February 7 | 7:00 pm

Please join J. Kameron Carter– Professor of Religious Studies, and Co-Director, Center for Religion and the Human at Indiana University Bloomington – as he presents the 2023 Payne Lecture this February 7, 2023 at 7pm. Hosted by Seminary of the Southwest’s Board of Trustees, the Payne Lecture is an annual event that focuses on mission and honors the Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne, former chair of the seminary’s board and bishop of the Diocese of Texas, retired.

The lecture will be presented virtually and livestreamed to Southwest’s website and Facebook page.

“Baptized Rage, Transformed Grief” Concert & Conversation

Thursday, February 16 | 6:00 pm
Knapp Auditorium

A Spiritual Journey celebrating human life as we grapple with Loss and emerge in Joy. The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan,  international womanist scholor, vocal performer, professor, poet, prayer partner, and preacher returns to Austin, celebrating her love of God and her commitment to empower others to live their authentic lives as they process and release loss. “Baptized Rage, Transformed Grief” embraces music and poetic musing, including works of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Schumann, Bette Midler and Tammy Wynette. This multi-faceted performer steps into the spotlight to tell her inspiring story of embodied, eternal love. Light reception to follow. RSVP required.

Celebrate Black Austin

A Walking Tour of East Austin
Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Join us in celebrating Austin’s rich Black history with a walking tour of East Austin. This tour will highlight landmarks of historic significance and amplify the voices and stories of those from the community. Following the tour, there will be an opportunity to shop and eat with local Black-owned businesses and food trucks. Presented by Southwest’s Counselors for Social Justice.

“Wither The Blacks?: Meditations on End of the African-American Era” Lecture

Monday, February 27 | 5:45 pm
Knapp Auditorium

Please join us for “Wither the Blacks?: Meditations on End of the African-American Era,” facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence and MLK scholar. With a dinner reception. Sponsored, in part, by the Department of Beloved Community Initiatives. RSVP required.

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