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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). xxx

Genie Hambrick
P.O. Box 520
Decatur, GA 30031-0520
PHONE 404.687.4530
FAX 404.377.9696

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