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Erskine Clarke Speaks on Religion and Slavery, November 11 and 18


Decatur, GA—Erskine Clarke will present a two-part lecture series in the Harrington Center at Columbia Theological Seminary, November 11 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. Titled “Religion and Slavery: White Southerners, Good Intentions, and Difficult Choices,” these Sunday evening “soup supper” lectures will address racial and religious questions raised by the challenging pre-Civil War period in U.S. history. Clarke is professor of American religious history at the seminary and author of the award-winning history Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic. In these lectures, he will explore the stories of three young, white southerners in the 1830s. Each belonged to an affluent, slave-owning family, and all three were committed to Christian faith and discipleship. All three understood slavery as an oppressive system and a fundamental part of their inheritance. Each followed a different path, as each sought to live a life of Christian discipleship. What complex factors influenced their decisions? What complex factors influence our decisions, as we seek to live Christian lives in our U.S. culture today? The two-part lecture series is part of the Center for Lifelong Learning’s ongoing Program in Presbyterian History and Theology. Registration is $75 and includes supper each evening. Advance registration is required by November 2. Click here to register online, or contact the registrar at or 404-687-4587. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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