Religion – Race, Faith & Community

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Awards, and in collaboration with the Black Church Studies program of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, there will be a consultation on Race, Faith & Community on Monday, October 12, and Tuesday October 13, 2015.   Click here for complete details and to register for the event.

This event features two scholars who received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for ideas pertaining to race and religion: Dr. Barbara Savage, 2012 winner for Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press) and Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, 2014 winner for The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale University Press).

They will be joined by two prominent activists: DeRay McKesson, educator and leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and Christopher Doucot, co-founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker.

The guest preacher and panelist for this event is the Rev. Dr. Leslie Dawn Callahan, scholar of African-American religious history and pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

“It is our hope that as we immerse ourselves in this intense experience that we will identify ways in which religion can foster commitment and connection in our pursuit of racial justice,” said the Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy, Louisville Seminary’s associate dean for black church studies and advanced learning.”

The Louisville Grawemeyer Awards are prestigious annual prizes intended to promote ideas that have the power to change the world. The University of Louisville presents Grawemeyer Awards in the fields of music composition, ideas for improving world order, psychology, and education. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion is administered jointly by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Race, Faith & Community begins on Monday, October 12, at 5 p.m. with a presentation by DeRay McKesson at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church (318 St Catherine St, Louisville, Ky., 40203). There will be reception at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 13, the program continues at Louisville Seminary (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky., 40205), where Dr. Savage, Rev. Dr. Jennings, and Mr. Doucot will address the topic of Race, Faith, & Community in a series of plenary sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a panel discussion in which the day’s presenters, along with Rev. Dr. Callahan, will discuss current issues regarding religion and race in America.

Race, Faith & Community is free and open to the public, however registration is required for those who wish to attend. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2.

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October 12 – 13, 2015