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Dr. Yolanda Pierce delivers Keynote Address on Race, Theology, and the Church

Watch videos of Dr. Pierce's lecture and a panel discussion at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago

September 10, 2016 – Held at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and hosted in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary, this critical conversation about Race, Theology, and the Church was introduced by Shannon Kershner, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Yolanda Pierce, Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies at Princeton Seminary, delivered the keynote address, "Racial Justice and the Vocabulary of Faith," and then moderated a panel discussion on the role of the church in the present racial crisis in our cities.

Panelists included Byron Brazier (Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, Chicago), Shannon Kirshner, Timothy Knowles (Director of the University of Chicago Urban Labs), Jonathan Walton (Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School), Reggie Williams (of Trinity United Church of Christ), and Frank Yamada (President of McCormick Theological Seminary).

A closing prayer was offered by Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary.

Race, Theology, and the Church: Keynote Address

Host
Shannon Kershner
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies

Race, Theology, and the Church: Panel Discussion

Moderator
Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature at Princeton Seminary and the Director of Black Church Studies

Panelists
Byron Brazier
Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, Chicago

Shannon Kershner
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church

Timothy Knowles
Director of the University of Chicago Urban Labs

Jonathan Walton
Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School

Reggie Williams
Trinity United Church of Christ

Frank Yamada
President of McCormick Theological Seminary

Closing Prayer
Craig Barnes
President of Princeton Theological Seminary



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