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Edwards-Presler Lectures to Focus on Faith, Politics and Race

Nov 07, 2016

Carlos Emilio Ham-Stanard and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will be at Louisville Seminary Nov. 10

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On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will play host its 11th annual Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission. This year’s lecturers are Carlos Emilio Ham-Stanard and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Both lectures will take place at Caldwell Chapel on the seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky. 40205).

“Christianity, Politics and Race” is the theme for this year’s program. According to Felicia LaBoy, Louisville Seminary’s associate dean for black church studies and advanced learning, the lectures will help attendees to more clearly discern the action of faith in the midst of complex international relationships and problematic racial dynamics.

Ham-StanardCarlos Emilio Ham-Stanard (pictured), rector of the Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary and pastor of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church, The Redeemer, in Versalles, Matanzas, will give the Presler Lecture at 11:30 a.m. His lecture, “Cuba and USA Churches: Over 120 Years of Pursuing God’s Mission Together,” will focus on the historic nature and future promise of the relationship between churches in the United States and Cuba.

Ham-Stanard has been a pastor of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba for more than thirty years and served as its General Secretary for eight years. He was appointed president of the Student Christian Movement in Cuba in 1989, elected co-president of the Caribbean Conference of Churches in 1997 and elected vice-president of the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission in 2000. He is currently part of the advisory team for the World Council of Church’s Program on Vital and Sustainable Churches in Diakonia and Development.

Wilson-HartgroveJonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (pictured), associate minister at the historically black St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, and a director of the School for Conversion, a nonprofit organization that offers community-based education in North Carolina, will give the Edwards Lecture at 7 p.m. His lecture, “Reconstructing the Gospel: How Christian Mission Demands We Face Race,” will invite attendees to renew creative participation in the continuing struggle for racial justice in American communities.

Wilson-Hartgrove is a leader in the New Monasticism movement, which does not limit itself to a specific religious denomination or church and includes varying expressions of contemplative life. Wilson-Hartgrove and his wife, Leah, founded the Rutba House, where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Wilson-Hartgrove also directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country.

The Edwards Peacemaking Lectureship honors Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean. Dr. Edwards, who died in 2010, served the Seminary for 27 years as professor of New Testament. Together, the Edwards shared a ministry that was active in Christian efforts for peace and social justice.

The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the lifetime missionary service of the Presler couple and to inspire the community about issues of global mission and the role of American denominations in their historical and present witness in mission.

The 2014 Edwards-Presler lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for information or call (502) 992-9291.
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