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Black History Month 2018 – Keynote by Dr. Willie Jennings

Feb 21
Knapp Auditorium, Seminary of the Southwest

Black History Month 2018: Where do we go from here?

Each February, Seminary of the Southwest pauses to reflect on the history and celebrate the culture of African-Americans in our society and abroad. Through a series of lectures, guest preachers, art displays and moderated conversations, Black History Month at Seminary of the Southwest hopes to be place where people from various backgrounds and perspectives can gather to learn and celebrate fellowship.

Events include:

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018: Dr. Willie Jennings

7:00pm, Knapp Auditorium
Keynote Address:
Dr. Willie Jennings
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies
Yale Divinity School

8:00pm, Howell Dining Hall
Book signing and Dessert Reception
w/live music from Duane Carter Band

Click here to RSVP to this Keynote address and reception – free and open to the public

Willie Jennings’ book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale 2010) won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category the year after it appeared and, in 2015, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. Englewood Review of Books called the work a “theological masterpiece.”

Jennings recently completed commentary on the Book of Acts, titled Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (for the Belief Series, Westminster/John Knox). In addition, he is working on a major monograph provisionally entitled Unfolding the World: Recasting a Christian Doctrine of Creation.

Dr. Jennings will host a book signing of Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate following his lecture.

Writing in the areas of liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology, Jennings has authored more than 40 scholarly essays and nearly two-dozen reviews, as well as essays on academic administration and blog posts for Religion Dispatches.

Jennings is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as interim pastor for several North Carolina churches. He is in high demand as a speaker and is widely recognized as a major figure in theological education across North America.

A Calvin College graduate, Jennings received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke.

Thursday, February 1, 2018: Kyle James Howard

1:00pm, Howell Dining Hall
Community Discussion w/ Kyle James Howard: “Racial & Cultural Awareness in Soul Care”

5:30pm, Christ Chapel
Celebration Eucharist w/ Kyle James Howard as guest preacher, & music by Gateway Church

6:30pm, Howell Dining Hall
Full Dinner Reception & music performance by Gateway Church

From a gang-member and professional rapper to a preacher and theologian, Kyle J. Howard has experienced Sovereign Grace and has dedicated his life to proclaiming it to others.  At 18, and shortly before signing a hip-hop recording contract, Kyle was radically converted to Christianity. Since then, Kyle has devoted his life to serving the church through the various gifts God has given him. Kyle primarily serves the church as a Christian counselor and writer. Kyle provides a broad range of counseling services, but has begun focusing on providing soul care for Christians who are experiencing racial trauma. In his writing, Kyle has largely focused on issues concerning ethnic and racial reconciliation in the church. Along with counseling Christians struggling with trauma, Kyle has also begun coming alongside other counselors and majority culture churches and helping them cultivate ethnic and cultural sensitivity within their own counseling ministries. Kyle serves faithfully in his local church and has been married to his high school sweat heart (Vy) for ten years. They currently have three children. Kyle can be heard on his weekly podcast which is called the Coram Deo Podcast, read through his many articles at www.kylejhoward.com, or followed on Twitter @kylejameshoward.


Throughout the month of February

A photo essay in the Weeks Center, From Civil Rights to Justice Fights: Where Do We Go From Here?
Remembering and Reorganizing the Courage, Strength and Resourcefulness of Fearless Alliances

Seminary of the Southwest is grateful for the work of the Black History Month 2018 Planning Committee:

Brittany James-Vito, Staff Chair

Glenice Robinson-Como, Alumna

Lynwood Randolph, Trustee

Duane Carter, Staff

Constance Fletcher, Student

Renee Greene, Student

Lauren Kay, Student

Mike Matkin, Student

Alex Ogunmuyiwa, UBE President

Scott Madison, UBE Secretary