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2022 Convocation with Dr. Brian Blount (ALL VIRTUAL EVENT)
January 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 amFree
Dr. Brian Blount
President and Professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
Join us for this now All Virtual Event
9:20 Please login to Zoom link (will be sent to RSVP's)
9:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:30 Questions and Discussion
11:15 Final Announcements
Now ALL VIRTUAL event for health and safety reasons.
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Dr. Brian Blount will speak to us on the Liberation Trajectory in the Reformed Tradition
This year’s annual convocation digs deeply into the Reformed Tradition to find elements of justice and liberation. Toward the end of last century, South African theologian John de Gruchy offered a challenging question that in the context of a 21st century engages with movements like Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name and has witnessed an attempted insurrection even in a previously stable democracy like the United States of America remains provocative: “Is there now any point in doing Reformed Theology?” Can Reformed Theology help us usefully reflect and strategize in such a context? Does Reformed Theology have within it a trajectory and resource that offers hope for transformation that reflects the movement of the Rule of God? Join Brian Blount as he reconsiders the question and contemplates response.
Dr. Blount holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Emory University. He served as pastor of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia, from 1982 to 1988, before studying for his doctorate. He served as the Richard J. Dearborne Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary for 15 years before being called as President of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA in 2007. He lectures widely in local churches and the academy, including delivering the 2011 Beecher Lectures at the Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including:
Putting Jesus on Display with Love and Power (Chosen Books, 2019)
Invasion of the Dead. Preaching Resurrection (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)
Revelation. A Commentary in the New Testament Library Series (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)
True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary (co-editor) (Fortress Press, 2007)
Can I Get A Witness? Reading Revelation Through an African American Lens (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)
Then The Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context (Abingdon 2001)
Go Preach! Mark’s Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today (Orbis, 1998)