This event, sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary, the Association of Black Seminarians, and the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies, is held in honor of Dr. Geddes Whitney Hanson, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Congregational Ministry (Emeritus 2009). This year's speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, MDiv '92. Lewis' lecture is titled “In the Name of Jesus: Reclaiming and Reframing “Christian.'"
Please join us for this exciting event with a reception in library hall immediately following.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis uses her gifts as author, activist, preacher, and public theologian toward creating an antiracist, just, fully welcoming society in which everyone has enough. After graduating with an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992, Lewis fell in love with urban ministry, leading two churches in Trenton, New Jersey. Fascinated with how faith heals the soul — so we can heal the world — she returned to graduate school for a PhD in psychology and religion, earning her doctorate from Drew University in 2004. Lewis came to study Middle Church, received a call, and joined the staff in January 2004. Lewis is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as senior minister in the Collegiate Church, which was founded in 1628. Middle is the church of her dreams and prayers, a multiethnic rainbow coalition of love, justice, and worship that rocks her soul. During her tenure, Middle Church has grown from a 450-member church to a movement of love and justice with some 2,000 members in New York, in 48 states, and in 22 countries around the globe. Lewis is the author of several books, the most recent being Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World. She is the host of the Love.Period. podcast (Center for Action and Contemplation) and the co-host of The Four podcast.
Watch the Hanson Lecture
The Geddes W. Hanson Lecture will be livestreamed on the Seminary's YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on October 26. Click the button below to watch.
All guests are expected to adhere to the Seminary’s current health and wellness guidelines, including being fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. Our health and wellness protocols regarding COVID-19 change based on the guidance of our local health departments officials and numbers of cases in our region. As a result, protocols are fluid and requirements regarding the use of face coverings, distance, and testing may change. For the latest guidelines, click here.