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LPTS to celebrate professor’s book on black family life ministry

by Louisville Seminary | Apr 29, 2009
Louisville Seminary Professor Johnny B. Hill will sign copies of his book, Multidimensional Ministry for Today’s Black Family (Judson Press), at a booksigning and reception, May 6. The event will take place in the Seminary’s Winn Center Main Dining Room at 12:30 p.m. Remarks by faculty colleagues will be shared about his publication, which is available for purchase in the Seminary bookstore. The public is invited to attend.

In his book, Hill offers a comprehensive and practical conversation among faithful professionals and experts in a variety of fields – social work, theology, therapy, for example – who care about the diverse needs of the today’s black family. Collaboratively, these contributors help address the question, what is the church’s role in building holistic and healthy families that can thrive inside and outside of the church walls?

"In the times in which we live, the church and faithful believers have a real opportunity to 'break the silence,' and to begin a serious debate on what is being done and what can be done to strengthen black families. Without question, there is much to address," states Hill in the book’s introduction.

Offered as a practical resource, which includes a chapter by Elizabeth Johnson Walker, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Louisville Seminary, Multidimensional Ministry for Today’s Black Family shares models of churches engaged in ministry to black families and offers ideas for establishing critical links and partnerships with local and federal agencies. It also includes advice on networking, children and youth ministries, and ministry strategies.

Johnny B. Hill is Assistant Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., where he has taught since 2006. He is the author of The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) in the series on black Religion/womanist Thought/Social Justice and co-chair of the consultation for the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. with the American Academy of Religion. Hill co-founded the Foundation for Reconciliation and Dialogue (www.reconciliation-now.com) with renowned theologian J. Deotis Roberts, who currently serves as president. An ordained Baptist minister, Hill also serves on the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches, USA.

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