Willie Jennings and Jill Duffield headline Sprunt Lectures
RICHMOND, VA (March 23, 2018) —Willie James Jennings, a major figure in theological education across North American, is the featured speaker at the 2018 Sprunt Lecture series May 7-9, 2018 on the Richmond campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary. The topic is “Redeeming the Creature: Race, Place, and the Hope of the Church.”
“Christianity in the west suffers from a defective doctrine of creation that has been plagued with both the racial condition and a horrid understanding of place. Together these problems have rendered the doctrine useless—it does no significant work in shaping the way we understand creaturely life together. In these lectures, I will explore the reasons for this defect and suggest what a robust doctrine of creation should teach us.”
Jennings serves as associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale University Divinity School. He is the author of “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race,” for which he received the American Academy of Religion book award in 2011 and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2015. The work was described as a “theological masterpiece” by the Englewood Review of Books.
Alumna Jill Duffield, editor and publisher of “The Presbyterian Outlook,” will be the preacher in worship for the three-day event.
The seminary will be honoring Alumnus One Ho Park (Ed.D.’89), president of the Graduate School of Practical Theology in Seoul, Korea, as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus, and Alumna Karen Brown (M.Div.’92), pastoral associate at Grace Presbyterian Church and resource developer for Intersection of Change, as the 2018 Black Alumni Association Trailblazer.