The Rev. Will Willimon, author of the 2017 book Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism, will speak on “Racism as a Sin: Confessions of a Southern Church Leader,” at the Willson Lectureship Series on Faith and Spiritual Exploration on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., in Trinity’s Parker Chapel.
Willimon will address the questions of what do we do with our complicated histories? Of our institutions? Of our churches? Of ourselves? He will discuss how we can defend it, we can excuse it, or we can confess it—and how part of what it means to be Christian is learning how to confess, understanding that the Christian faith has the resources for being able to tell the truths that America has found hard to do.
Willimon served as dean of the Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004-2012. He has authored 70 books, with more than a million copies sold, and has also written articles that have appeared in several publications, including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today, and is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. Willimon also serves as a trustee of Wofford College, Emory University, and on the Dean’s Committee of Yale Divinity School.
The Willson Lectureship on Faith and Spiritual Exploration is made possible by a gift from James and Mavis Willson. The Lectureship seeks to bring to campus speakers engaging the Trinity community around conversations of the role that faith and spiritual exploration can play in forming and empowering lives of meaning and purpose.
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