Pope-Levison in Webinar

Priscilla Pope-Levison will be featured in a May 11 webinar, “Inviting Others into God’s Good News.” Pope-Levison, author of the award-winning book Models of Evangelism, will talk about how a variety of evangelistic models can inspire churches and individuals to convey the good news. The webinar is part of “Intersection: Where Theology and Practice Meet,” a series of online conversations hosted by Randy Harris and Carson Reed and offered by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry. Pope-Levison is associate dean for external programs and professor of ministerial studies at Perkins. The webinar is free. Read more and register here: https://www.siburtinstitute.org/inviting

Poetry Published

The website Open Plaza celebrated National Poetry Month with excerpts from the Rev. Dr. Harold J. Recinos’ Wading in the River (Resource Publications, 2021). The poetry “captures the daily struggles of the marginalized in a poetry collection flowing with clarity, agency, and wonder,” according to the site. Published on Easter Monday, the site paired 14 poems from Wading in the River with images depicting events in the Passion of Christ. Read the poems here. Recinos is Professor of Church and Society.

Morehouse Scholars

Abraham Smith, Professor of New Testament, and Tamara Lewis, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, were inducted in April into the 35th Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers, Laity, Sponsors and Scholars. Martin Luther King Jr. was an alumnus of Morehouse College, and the College of Ministers and Laity was established in his honor more than 30 years ago. The College of Ministers and Laity is “unique in its juxtaposition of servant-hood, scholarship and leadership as requirements for ministry – whether that ministry is performed through formal religion or any other field of endeavor,” according to the Morehouse website. Past inductees include Charles Radford Lawrence, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, Howard Washington Thurman, Floyd McKissick, Samuel Woodrow Williams, Martin Luther King Sr., Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Kilgore Jr.

Jaime Clark-Soles: Letter 82

On April 11, the Values and Voices project published a letter to President Biden and his administration from the Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles. Recalling the story of Lazarus, Clark-Soles wrote, “Likewise, you have inherited a nation marked by death, wailing, ‘if-only,’ and tattered hope. Against all odds, Lazarus’ story ends with resurrection and life in the here and now. Will America’s?” She urged Biden and other leaders to “continue to show up, listen to, and weep with our aggrieved siblings who suffer most from racism, ableism, heterosexism, and other death-dealing forces.” Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament at Perkins. American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters is a national, nonpartisan campaign. For the first 100 days of the Biden administration—from January 20 to April 29, 2021—Values & Voices sent a letter a day to elected leaders in Washington and readers around the county, bringing an array of religious texts and teachings from a variety of faith traditions to bear on our most pressing contemporary issues.