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The Presbyterian Church and Race: July 18-21 lecture series at Montreat Conference Center


Decatur, GA. A series of free lectures, “Ties That Bind: The Presbyterian Church and Race,” will be presented July 18-21, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Convocation Hall at Montreat Conference, Montreat, NC. The lecture series is presented by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Presbyterian History and Reformed Theology program, and is sponsored this year by Columbia, Johnson C. Smith Seminary, and Montreat Conference Center. 

Admission to afternoon presentations is free, and pre-registration is not required. Admission to a special reception, dinner, and lecture on Wednesday evening is $40 plus tax per person. Tickets may be purchased at Montreat Books and Gifts or online at Online purchasers will receive a confirmation notice and tickets will be held at the Assembly Inn front desk for pick up the evening of the event.
Presenters, panelists, and topics include the following:
Monday - What Has Changed Since Genesis 11?: 
Joseph L. Roberts, Jr., the Wade Huie Professor of Homiletics and director of the Center for Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary; with Thad Godwin and SanDawna Ashley.

Tuesday - Conjuring Sankofa: Memories and Hopes: Deborah F. Mullen, dean of faculty and executive vice president, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Paul T. Roberts, dean and president of Johnson C. Smith Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA; with Nibs Stroupe and Mark Lomax.
Wednesday - My Crazy Uncle Earl, the End of White Guilt and the Death of White Supremacy: 
Timothy B. Tyson, Duke University, author of Blood Done Sign My Name; and Mary D. Williams, Afro American history studies performer, Raleigh, NC; with Jimmie R. Hawkins and Joel Alvis.

Dr. Tyson and Ms. Williams will give a dinner presentation, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel Impulses and the Discovery of Jesus in the Midnight Hour, on Wednesday evening. Dr. Tyson’s lecture will follow a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall. 

Thursday - In Living Color: Gender and Racial Perspectives of a Clergy Couple in the PC (USA): J. Herbert Nelson II, director of public witness for the Presbyterian Church (USA) Washington office, and Gail Nelson; with Belle Miller McMaster and Barbara Campbell Davis.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning at or call 404.687.4587. For more information about Montreat Conference Center, call 828.419.9807.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit

Michael Thompson
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