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2021-08 Archive

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva as the keynote speaker for 2021 Academic Convocation. Bonilla-Silva is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Duke University and is well-known for his work on structural racism as well as for his analysis of color-blind racism. He will deliver the convocation address, entitled “What Is Structural About Racism” at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, via Zoom.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to share that Rev. Dr. Karen Mosby has been promoted to dean of student life and chaplain. She started in her new role on July 1, 2021. Previously, she served as the chaplain for the student body since 2019. In this expanded role, Mosby will provide leadership for the student experience in all its manifestations, as well as provide spiritual care and leadership for the entire seminary community.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is saddened to share the passing of retired United Methodist bishop and beloved alumna Bishop Beverly J. Shamana (G-ETS 1980). She died last week in California at the age of 81. An MDiv graduate of Garrett-Evangelical, Bishop Shamana was named a Distinguished Alum of the seminary in 1994. She was elected to the episcopacy in 2000 and was the second black woman elected as a bishop in the United Methodist Church. She was a gifted musician, preacher, leader, and advocate for justice.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome “home” PhD alumna Dr. Evelyn L. Parker (G-ETS and Northwestern 1996) as distinguished visiting professor for the 2021-2022 academic year. Parker served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for over 22 years and retired in May as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology. During the Fall 2021 semester Parker will be teaching a course entitled “Honoring the Body: Practical, Theological, Bioethical, and Biomedical Perspectives on a Spiritual Practice.”

The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCPI) at Harvard has named Taurean J. Webb a 2021-2022 Religion and Public Life Fellow. This is the second academic year he will hold the non-residential fellowship. Webb has served as the director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) and instructor of religion and race at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary since 2019.