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For Such A Time As This Webinar: Proclaiming Justice

This webinar is sponsored by Joseph Harrison (J.H.) Jackson Endowed Lecture Fund.

Webinar Leaders:

  • Rev. Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks, Ernest and Bernice Styberg professor of preaching and director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr., Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher professor of systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

On November 15-16, 2017, Garrett-Evangelical's Styberg Preaching Institute will be hosting, "Proclaiming Justice: The Challenge for the Church." This conference will touch on key issues like unemployment, immigration, violence, healthcare, #BlackLivesMatter, DACA, racism, mass incarceration, homelessness, and poverty. These issues and more plague many in our society, and they cry out for justice. The whole people of God cry out to God whose name is justice. God calls the church to prophetic witness and to proclaim justice for all people. 

During this webinar, Drs. Gennifer Brooks and Stephen Ray will give you a taste of the education and encouragement that will be provided in more depth at this event and answer some of your questions. We hope to help you become more active in proclaiming and working actively for justice in your church, community, society and the world.

To learn more about the November 15th-16th Proclaiming Justice event hosted on the Garrett-Evangelical campus or to register, visit The event will include modern-day prophets Father Michael Pfleger, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III and panels of leading scholars and pastors addressing some of the pressing issues of injustice that infect our society and call for a response from the church. Come and be a part of the conversation. 

Questions? Contact Erin Moore by email or at 847.866.4547.


Suggested Donation

This webinar is offered at no cost, but we will be collecting donations to further the work of Garrett-Evangelical Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE). A donation is not required to register for the webinar.

For over 40 years CBE has  empowered and trained persons to be prophetic "leaders of leaders" for the African American religious community and society-at-large. Still, our work is only beginning. The need for CBE as a space of hospitality and of educational support, pastoral consultation, solace, and re-affirmation of the humanity of people of color remains. This can only happen because of the vast network of alums and friends who financially support CBE and its mission. Your suggested donation will help Garrett-Evangelical raise funds toward our $1 million goal to fully endow CBE. To learn more about the CBE "Living Into Our Purpose" endowment campaign, visit

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Rev. Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks

Rev. Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg professor of preaching and director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Brooks most recent publication is Bible Sisters: A Year of Devotions with the Women of the Bible (Abingdon, 2017). She is also the editor of Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon, 2012) and the author of Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts (Pilgrim Press, 2012) and Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2011).

Brooks received a doctor of philosophy in liturgical studies from Drew University and a doctor of ministry and master of divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr.

Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. is the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher professor of systematic theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Ray is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He contributed to and co-edited the book, Awake to the Moment: An Introduction to Theology (Westminster John Knox 2016). He is also the author of Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility (Fortress Press, 2002), a contributor to Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes (Fortress Press, 2004), and co-author of Black Church Studies: An Introduction (Abingdon Press, 2007). 

Ray received a doctor of philosophy in theology and African-American studies from Yale University and a master of divinity (summa cum laude) from Yale Divinity School.

Joseph Harrison (J.H.) Jackson Endowed Lecture Fund

For Such a Time as This webinars are sponsored by the Joseph Harrison (J.H.) Jackson Endowed Lecture Fund.  This lectureship was established at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1993 by the Joseph H. Jackson foundation to honor Dr. Jackson, whose ministry spanned nearly eight decades. He was born in 1900 in Rudyard, Mississippi, and was a Baptist preacher and denominational leader who served 29 years as the president of the National Baptist Convention in the United States.  

In 1941, Jackson became a pastor at the historic Olivet Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side, where he served until his death in 1990. During Jackson’s role as pastor, he was involved in ecumenism and participated in the planning conferences in 1937 and 1948 to establish the World Council of Churches, making him a charter member of the Council. Jackson was also politically active on the local, state, and national levels and traveled throughout the world on numerous religious missions, served as vice president of the Baptist World Alliance, and was a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.  

This lectureship was established as an incentive to forward the movement of the ideals represented in the life and ministry of Dr. Jackson.  

October 30, 2017


For Such A Time As This Webinars

We are living in tumultuous times in which people fear for their rights, their safety, and their very lives. People of faith are looking for ways to live out their faith in response to these fears but sometimes lack the training or theological basis for their work. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's For Such A Time As This webinars seek to respond to the needs of clergy, lay people, and congregations with theological education and practical tools to live out their faith-based activism.

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