Special Guest this Sunday: Dr. Reggie Williams
This Sunday, we will be joined by a special guest preacher: Dr. Reggie Williams of McCormack Theology Seminary. Dr. Williams’ book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, 2014) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in 2015, in the field of religion. Dr. Williams’ is a dynamic speaker and teacher, and this is sure to be a time you will not want to miss.
Following worship, Dr. Williams will also be leading a Rector’s Forum via Zoom, in which he’ll discuss in more detail “What Bonhoeffer Learned in Harlem.” The log-in and password information is below. Hope you can join us!
Reggie Williams’ Rector’s Forum
Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/92994139712?pwd=MCtLblI4RmUzVUZSZm5lUkVXNGZWdz09
Dr. Reggie Williams’ visit is part of our current series, “Christ for Today.” This week, we’re looking at Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an early 20th-century German evangelical pastor and theologian. Several of Bonhoeffer’s books have become modern classics, including [The Cost of] Discipleship and Life Together. Bonhoeffer was also an anti-Nazi dissident, and a founding member of “The Confessing Church.” He was accused of being associated with a plot to assassinate Hitler, and imprisoned at both Tegel prison and Flossenberg concentration camp. He was executed on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing, twenty-one days before Adolf Hitler committed suicide. He’s often considered a modern day martyr.
What many people don’t know about Bonhoeffer is that he spent a year (1930-31) at Union Theological Seminary here in New York, doing post-doctoral study. Some of the most important insights he gained as a pastor and a theologian were developed during his time in New York, especially through his interactions with Harlem Renaissance intellectuals. For example, Bonhoeffer worshiped regularly at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and attributes Adam Clayton Powell as having coined the term “cheap grace”–the phrase for which Bonhoeffer is perhaps best known.
This Sunday, Dr. Williams is going to help us think specifically about Bonhoeffer’s Harlem experience, and how that shaped his theology.
On Sunday mornings, prior to our 10 AM livestream worship, parishioner Jen Knight is leading a contemplative prayer group via Zoom. This is a rich time of slowing down, stilling our hearts, and attending to the loving presence of God that surrounds us. For those looking for new ways to connect with God and one another, we invite you to join.
To participate in the Sunday 9am Contemplative prayer group via Zoom, register here: https://forms.gle/w1SxVuwHMtF4C4xY7
“Expanding Our We” is taking the week off in light of Dr. Reggie Williams visit. Please join us next week as we discuss “Combatting Complicity.”