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Louisville Seminary Black Church Studies Consultation Celebrates Grawemeyer Awards 30 Anniversary

by Chris Wooton | Sep 11, 2015

Past Grawemeyer Award winners to address religion and race in America

BCS Grawemeyer

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Awards, and in collaboration with the Black Church Studies program of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, there will be a consultation on Race, Faith & Community on Monday, October 12, and Tuesday October 13, 2015.

This event features two scholars who received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for ideas pertaining to race and religion: Dr. Barbara Savage, 2012 winner for Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press) and Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, 2014 winner for The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale University Press).

They will be joined by two prominent activists: DeRay McKesson, educator and activist in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and Christopher Doucot, co-founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker.

The guest preacher and panelist for this event is the Rev. Dr. Leslie Dawn Callahan, scholar of African-American religious history and pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia.


“It is our hope that as we immerse ourselves in this intense experience that we will identify ways in which religion can foster commitment and connection in our pursuit of racial justice,” said the Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy, Louisville Seminary’s associate dean for black church studies and advanced learning.”

The Louisville Grawemeyer Awards are prestigious annual prizes intended to promote ideas that have the power to change the world. The University of Louisville presents Grawemeyer Awards in the fields of music composition, ideas for improving world order, psychology, and education. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion is administered jointly by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Race, Faith & Community begins on Monday, October 12, at 5 p.m. with a presentation by DeRay McKesson at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church (318 St Catherine St, Louisville, Ky., 40203). There will be reception at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 13, the program continues at Louisville Seminary (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky., 40205), where Dr. Savage, Rev. Dr. Jennings, and Mr. Doucot will address the topic of Race, Faith, & Community in a series of plenary sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a panel discussion in which the day’s presenters, along with Rev. Dr. Callahan, will discuss current issues regarding religion and race in America.


Race, Faith & Community is free and open to the public, however registration is required for those who wish to attend. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2.


About the Louisville Grawemeyer Awards
The Grawemeyer Award in Religion honors annually the most significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. Louisville Seminary, jointly with the University of Louisville, awards the $100,000 prize to honor and publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine. The award also recognizes ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity, or meaning, either individually or in community. The first Grawemeyer award, Music Composition, was presented by the University of Louisville in 1985. The award for Ideas Improving World Order was added in 1988 and Education in 1989. In 1990 the Religion award was added as a joint prize with Louisville Seminary. Psychology was added in 2000, with the first award given in 2001. See www.grawemeyer.org for more information.

About the Louisville Seminary Black Church Studies Consultation
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s annual Black Church Studies Consultation provides an opportunity for ecclesial leaders in African American churches in this region who are on the cutting edge of ministry to engage in critical theological reflection regarding core beliefs, issues, trends and movements in the Black Church. See www.lpts.edu/academics/degrees-programs/black-church-studies for more information.

About Louisville Seminary
Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world's religious, racial and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. For more information, call (800) 264-1839 or log onto www.lpts.edu.

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