You are invited to join us for the 2023 Sprunt Lectures May 1-3, 2023 Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond Campus
May 1, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - May 3, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
Our 2023 Sprunt Lecturer is Dr. Keri L. Day
Keri Day is associate professor of constructive theology and African American religion at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Day earned her PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned an MA in religion and ethics from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University in Nashville. Her teaching and research interests are in womanist/feminist theologies, social critical theory, cultural studies, economics, and Afro-Pentecostalism. Her first academic book, Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, was published in November of 2012. Her second book, Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives, was published in December of 2015. In 2017, she was recognized by ABC News as one of six black women at the center of gravity in theological education in America.
Alongside her scholarship, she also engages public policy leaders. In 2011, she was the keynote speaker at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Springfield, Illinois, highlighting the importance of interfaith dialogue within local communities. In addition, she was part of the 2012 delegation of scholars who participated in the White House Religious Scholars Briefing in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues related to economic policy, religious freedom, and peace building efforts around the world. She has been a guest political commentator on KERA, NPR, DFW/FOX News, and Huffington Post Live on issues related to faith and politics. She has written for the Dallas Morning News’ Faith and Politics blog, The Feminist Wire, and The Huffington Post.
Our 2023 Sprunt Preacher is Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert
The Reverend Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert — professor of homiletics at Howard University School of Divinity — is a nationally recognized expert on African American preaching. A prolific writer and oft-featured expert on Black preaching, civil rights, and social justice, Dr. Gilbert has authored countless sermons and classroom lectures, as well as four books: Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope; A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights; The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching; and Just Living: Meditations for Engaging Our Life and Time. Dr. Gilbert is contributing editor for Sojourners magazine, General Editor of the forthcoming Preaching, Theology, and Culture book series (Fortress), and project director for Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices for Black Congregations Online Resource Center. His writing has also been featured by such outlets as PBS NewsHour, Sojourners, Word & Way, and The Conversation. In 2011, he launched The Preaching Project, a ministry aimed at equipping ministers to better serve African American churches and community.