PRINCETON, NJ ― Eddie S. Glaude Jr., professor of religion and African American studies in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, will give Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on April 9. His lecture is titled “Imagination and Race in the Age of Obama.”

He previously taught at Bowdoin College and Amherst College in African American studies and religion. Glaude is the author or editor of numerous books, including Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism and African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (with Cornel West). His latest book is In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.

DECATUR, GA ― Columbia Theological Seminary, in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center, the Presbyterian Heritage Center, and Montreat’s Adult Summer Club Program, will offer a series of five lectures, “Faithful Mission in a New Age,” July 20-24, at Montreat Conference Center.

The lectures will address the ways in which the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition has and continues to engage mission both in North America and around the world. Presenters include:

  • July 20: the Rev. Darrell Guder, academic dean and professor of missional and ecumenical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, on “Missional Church Theology and Praxis in the Global Church.” 
  • July 21, the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco and moderator of the 218th General Assembly, on “Presbyterian Mission in a New Generation.” 
  • July 22, Linda Bryant Valentine, executive director of the General Assembly Council, on “Patterns of Global Mission ― Past, Present, and Future.” 
  • July 23, the Rev. James A. Cogswell, former missionary to Japan and former director of the PC(USA)’s Task Force on World Hunger, on “Mission in a World of Hunger.”
  • July 24, the Rev. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus of American religious history at Columbia Seminary, on “John Leighton Wilson’s Mission Vision.” 

The lecture series is part of Columbia’s program in Presbyterian and Reformed History and Theology and is offered through the seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning.