Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD US 21042
The John L. Rabb Lectures in Contemporary Theology is proud to announce its upcoming speaker, The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School and Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Douglas will address what it would mean for the Episcopal Church to lead the way toward a beloved community by confronting the realities of social injustice, thereby living into the call to be church. Widely recognized as a leading voice in addressing sexual issues in relation to the black religious community, Dr. Douglas is among the country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers and counselors. She is credited with groundbreaking work in examining homophobia within the black church community and efforts to move the black church beyond its views regarding LGBTQ persons and advocating for their equal rights.
The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School and Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary in 2017. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street, and was recently appointed to the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology. Prior to Union, Dr. Douglas served as Professor of Religion at Goucher College where she held the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion and is now Professor Emeritus. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dr. Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Douglas was one of the first ten black women to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church.
The lecture will be held in All Saints Hall.
9:30 –10:00 a.m.: Gather for light breakfast
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Presentation
12:00 –12:45 p.m.: Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.: Presentation and Q & A