Date: June 17, 2021
I am so happy to announce that this year, after a pandemic-related hiatus, the annual Reinicker Lecture is coming back! This is truly one of my favorite events of the year, and I hope that we can get a good turnout from as many members of the Seminary community as possible.
This year’s lecturer is The Rev. Dr. Walter Fluker, Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership at Boston University and Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His lecture, entitled “Pursuing Racial Equity and Social Justice through Ethical Leadership Practices,” argues that “remembering, retelling and reliving our stories of privilege and power, enslavement and oppression, and liberation and hope, involves calling forth creative hermeneutical strategies and processes that allow us to return to memory and history; and to reconstruct these defining narratives in respect to futures that can only be imagined.”
Such imagination, he argues, are vitally important gifts of the spirit that allow us “to stand on the high tower and overlook the complex and jagged contours of history, patiently and painfully waiting for the moving finger of God to write new visions that enable us to live and struggle authentically in the contexts of the present.”
Join the lecture on the VTS Facebook page on July 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Programs and Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture