In 2015 we inaugurated a fall lecture series by inviting James Cone from Union Theological Seminary to join us for lectures on black liberation theology. For that series, we invited a sister church, Charity Missionary Baptist Church, to partner with us. Our congregations, bound by work in our Charleston Area Justice Ministry, sat together with Professor Cone and were enriched by his passionate, prophetic Christianity.
Following the success of the initial lecture series, we continued to develop this educational offering. In 2016 we brought feminist ethicist Sharon Welch from the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and in 2017 we welcomed African-American historian Albert Raboteau of Princeton University. Along the way, the series has become a time when church members, justice ministry friends, professors and students from the College of Charleston, and many other local activists and partners join us for deep reflection, intellectual engagement, and spiritual sustenance for our work to create a more just community.
This year I write to extend the invitation to you. October 18-19 we welcome the groundbreaking feminist biblical scholar Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza from Harvard Divinity School. Her two evening lectures will be entitled, “Reading the Bible in the Public Square” and “Scripture, Politics and the Rhetoric of Subordination.”
The lectures are free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Join us if you are able, friends.
Circular Congregational Church
150 Meeting St.