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AIDS Activism

“You are not going to get a lot of AIDS activism in African-American churches - AIDS activism (in society) tends to be blended with gay rights. The two get coupled together in a way that just tends not to be the pattern of the black church.

William Turner, associate professor of the practice of homiletics, quoted in the Aug. 12, 2006, edition of The News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.

Elevating Great Preaching

“Gardner C. Taylor almost single-handedly has elevated and made visible great preaching. He is one of the first whose influence crossed over into the realm of white homiletics and white preaching.

Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland professor of preaching, quoted in the Aug. 18, 2006, episode of the PBS television program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

No Life Illegitimate

“I have come to believe that Christians are called to be a counterculture for the common good in no small part by refusing to declare any life in our midst illegitimate. We are called to encourage sexual discipline outside and inside of marriage, while also affirming, in the very same breath, that no pregnancy is outside of God’s reach.

Amy Laura Hall, assistant professor of theological ethics in “For Shame? Why Christians should welcome, rather than stigmatize, unwed mothers and their children,” published in the September 2006 edition of Christianity Today

Call to Prison Ministry

“No place confronts us with life-and-death challenges like death row. Relationships with the condemned and those whose job is to guard them and execute them are among the most intense and transformative pastoral relationships. Capital punishment ceases to be an abstract political, ethical and theological issue. Being present with persons who are awaiting execution, along with their families and the families of the victims of violence, pushes the pastor to the edges of faith and stability.

Kenneth L. Carder, professor of the practice of pastoral formation, in “...you visited me. The call to prison ministry,” in the Oct. 3, 2006 edition of The Christian Century