Women in Ministry in West Texas: Preaching About Racism

February 6, Noon–2:30 p.m.

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Preaching about racism needs to happen more regularly in majority-white churches, and yet it is a challenging subject to confront. Save the date now and plan to join us in Midland, Texas, with The Rev. Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel, renowned author and assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Noon to 2:30 p.m. Lunch and Workshop
RSVP to womeninministry@ptsem.edu

Drawing from her second book, Preaching about Racism, Dr. Helsel will walk through ways to engage this subject faithfully from the pulpit in white communities. Dr. Helsel is also the author of Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Race.

The event takes place at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 North Garfield, Midland, Texas. Cost is $10.

Dr. Helsel joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2015. Prior to her appointment she was a transitional pastor for The Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, MA. She also served as visiting professor at both the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Helsel was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and served as associate pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX. While in Boston, she served on the Synod Work Group on Race for the Synod of the Northeast and on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for Boston Presbytery.

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The Rev. Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel
Assistant Professor of Homiletics
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Carolyn B. Helsel earned her BA at Whitworth University, her MDiv and ThM at Princeton Theological Seminary, and her PhD at Emory University. Her work focuses on helping white Christians have conversations in their faith communities about racism.

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Associate Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND

Sylvia Bull, Class of 2015

“My field education placements lifted up my gifts for ordained ministry, and the dual-degree program helped me develop the skills for ministry.”