(October 7, 2020)
- Rev. Leah Daughtry, Former DNC Chair and CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee
- Melody C. Barnes, Esq., Former Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia
- Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Former Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education, and former Associate General Secretary for Justice and Advocacy, National Council of Churches
The Community Engagement Institute & Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary Presents:
"Public Theology, Politics, and Debate : The VP Edition"
The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
Dr. Rick Elgendy, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology
Wednesday October 7, 2020
Time : 8:15 PM - 10:45 PM (Eastern)
Wesley President David McAllister-Wilson has prepared a website page that brings together many of our multimedia resources, much of it original content developed for our alumni and friends. We will be adding pieces regularly as well as offering ways to participate in chapel and in some of our live events.
With this is a new initiative from the President's Office: "Presidential Conversations," long-format intimate dialogues where the president engages thought-leaders in the Wesley Community and beyond. We invite you to visit https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/engage-in-these-times/
Jaleesa Hall, a native of Miami, FL, is a 2019 MDiv graduate of WTS after having earned a Masters in Public Administration from American University with an undergraduate degree in Mass Media from Clark Atlanta University.
It was at CAU that Jaleesa formed the seeds of what would become the Raising a Village Foundation, whose mission is ”To build safe, healthy and whole communities by increasing access to education, health and wellness, and the arts in underserved areas.”
This mission can be challenging at any time but COVID-19 has presented additional hurdles., Wesley checks in with Jaleesa to see how she and the Foundaion have coped with COVID-19 and continued its ministry over the past few months.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership's Leading Ideas offers articles by thoughtful, cutting-edge leaders on subjects you care about — navigating change, reaching younger people, financing your ministry, communicating effectively — to help you be the leader God is calling you to be.
The Church and Election Day
Although congregations are prohibited from endorsing candidates or parties, Doug Powe and Ann Michel of the Lewis Center staff say there is much a church can do to encourage people to vote, ensure that voting occurs in a safe and secure manner, and encourage hope and civility in this polarized time.
(the following story, by Rev. Erik Alsgaard of The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, is reprinted with permission. https://www.bwcumc.org/news-and-views/webinar-examines-white-supremacys-roots-of-american-christianity/)
The history of American Christianity is so intertwined with white supremacy that most people don’t know it exists, even if they benefit from it every day. It’s like water to a fish. This fact was at the heart of a webinar Sept. 17, presented by Wesley Theological Seminary’s Center for Public Theology. Read more here
How can youth ministry be more than fun and games? In this episode we speak with Andy Root about how youth can find identity and deep joy in shared narratives and inter-generational connections.
How can your congregation initiate conversations about race? And how can pastors prepare themselves for this important work? In this episode Michael R. Fisher Jr. shares perspectives, questions, and resources that can help church leaders confront the challenging issues of structural racism and white privilege during these turbulent times.
Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & Religion at Wesley
New Online Workshop: Poetry
Online October 22, 2020 | 4:30 - 6 pm EST
In an essay published in Image Journal, Nate Klug writes: “Poetry begins less in discovery than a faithful kind of resistance; it refuses to succumb to the sacrificed attention that comprises most of our lives.” A UCC-Congregationalist minister and poet, Nate recently published his third poetic volume, Hosts and Guests (Princeton University Press, Sept. 2020). For this workshop, you are invited to join Nate for readings of his work, interspersed with reflections on the intersections of poetry and ministry. The session will end with a prompt for our own writing.
Instructor: Nate Klug
Wilhelm Hammershøi, Interior with Young Man Reading, 1898.
Please pray with us: Oxnam Resources
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