Monday, April 9, 2018 (All day)
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School (Map)
Duke Divinity School

The Duke Divinity School Office of the Dean will sponsor a retirement celebration in honor of William Turner Jr., Ph.D., James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of the Practice of Preaching.

“Making Sense of the Sojourn: the Black Church’s Witness into the Future” will have contributions from Dr. C. G. Newsome, former president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Dr. Eric Williams, curator of religion in the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Dr. Willie Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School; Dr. Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; Dr. Harold Wallace, former chair of Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors; and Duke Divinity School faculty including Dr. Charles Campbell, professor of homiletics; Dr. Valerie Cooper, associate professor of religion and society and Black Church studies; and Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics.

There will be no guaranteed parking on campus. Visitor parking is available at Parking Garage IV and the Bryan Center lot accessed via Science Dr. Additional parking may be available in the Science Drive Garage. Please allow time to travel from these lots either on foot or via Duke University bus or shuttle.

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a worship service with Dr. Powery preaching.

Dr. Turner states “the Black Church Studies movement has profoundly affected the doing of theology and theological education in ways that are utterly essential for the way forward for the church in the 21st century. It has been an incubator for many of the questions and issues that are faced by the world.” The lecture, remarks, and panel discussion that follow the worship service will explore aspects of this topic.

The day will conclude with a reception in Dr. Turner’s honor.

Schedule of Events

9:00-9:45 a.m. Worship Service with Luke Powery
9:45-9:50  Welcome from Dean Elaine A. Heath
9:50-10:00 Opening remarks and introductions from Dr. Eric Williams
10:00-11:00 Lecture by Dr. C.G. Newsome
11:00-11:10 Break
11:10-12:15 Remarks and presentations
12:15-1:30 p.m. Break for Lunch

"Making Sense of the Sojourn"
A panel discussion with Dr. Valerie Cooper, Dr. Charles Campbell, Dr. Genna Rae McNeil, Dr. Harold Wallace, Dr. Eric Williams, with Dr. Willie Jennings, moderator

3:30-5:00   Reception in Alumni Memorial Common Room, 152 Langford