Author, theologian to speak at Hood

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Correction: The lectures are Friday and Saturday rather than Thursday and Friday as stated in the original article. Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 at 10:10 a.m. 

SALISBURY — Hood Theological Seminary will hold its annual Ruben L. Speaks Memorial Lecture Series on Friday and Saturday. This year’s featured presenter is professor, author and theologian Dr. Alexandra Brown, the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor in Bible at Washington and Lee University.

The overall theme of the lectures is “Paul and the Apocalyptic Proclamation: the Corinthian Correspondence.”

Brown holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School and an A.B. cum laude with distinction in religion from Duke University. She is the author of “The Cross and Human Transformation: Paul’s Apocalyptic Word in 1 Corinthians,” “Putting Body and Soul Together: Essays in Honor of Robin Scroggs” and numerous articles, essays and reviews. Her expertise is in Christianity from its origins to late antiquity, pilgrimage, monasticism and notions of the body and gender in religious traditions.

Friday’s lecture, at 7 p.m., is titled “The Word of the Cross and Speech-act-ivism, Then and Now.” Saturday’s lecture is at 10:10 a.m. and is titled “Gathering Time: Sounding Kairos in the Congregation.” Both lectures, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held in room 315 on the Seminary campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive.

The Ruben L. Speaks Lecture Series is named in honor of the late Bishop Ruben Lee Speaks, an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church leader acknowledged on numerous occasions for his leadership and creative engagement in ministry. Speaks received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Brooklyn Advisory Committee of the New York Urban League.

Hood Theological Seminary is sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church.