Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century (J21) presents

Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
October 12-14, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the next J21 scholar will be Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman. Turman earned her B.A. degree from Fordham University, her M. Div., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr. Turman is a dynamic preacher, scholar, and activist whose work specializes in womanist theology and womanist aesthetics. Her scholarship often addresses the intersections of faith, race, and gender.

Dr. Turman’s first book, Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation, builds upon the work of Alice Walker, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to engage Christian history and the religious and social subjugation of black women. She is currently working on a second book that will deal with sexism, sacred witness, and morality in the black church. Beyond that, Eboni plans to write about the embodied, sacred dance of black women in their daily lives. In this work, Turman seeks to expand our understanding of the way bodies function in concert dance performances and open our imaginations to see the beauty of the sacred dance that bodies engage in each day.

In addition to teaching and writing, Turman is a sought after speaker and preacher. Her most recent engagements include presentations at Fordham University, Emory University, McCormick Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and numerous pulpits around the world. Her perspectives and words on race, faith, and gender have been published by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Dallas Morning News. This is sure to be a weekend you will not want to miss! Save the dates, October 12 – 14, 2018, and we’ll look forward to seeing you!

Register for Weekend with Eboni Marshall Turman 

Listen to Chrissy & Ben interview Dr. Turman about vocation, preaching, and womanist thought!  

At the Intersection: Race, Class, and Gender 

Friday Evening, October 12 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Heaton Hall | childcare provided 
This is My Body: Black Women & God Talk
Lecture with Q&A
Followed by reception and book signing  

Saturday Morning Workshop, October 13 | 8:30 – 11:30am | Heaton Hall | childcare provided
Crucified: Suffering & The Black Womanist Christ
Continental Breakfast
Two-Part Lecture Series with Q&A

Sunday Morning Forum, October 14 | 9:45 – 10:45am | Heaton Hall | childcare provided
Spirit in the Dark: Do Black Lives Matter for the Church
Sunday Worship, October 14 | 11:00am | Sanctuary | childcare provided
Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, preaching

About the Series: In 1998, then Minister of Adult Education, Reverend Dr. William Dols, and two laypeople began a lecture series inviting nationally renowned Jesus scholars to our church.  The scholars led the church in a series of forums, conversations and sermons, which introduced emerging trends in Christology, particularly related to Jesus of Nazareth.

Since its inception, the series has expanded to explore a wide range of issues and perspectives related to individual and communal faith formation. The annual series is coordinated and led by a group of laypeople, working together with the Minister of Faith Formation. 

Every October a nationally-known scholar, spiritual teacher, or theologian leads a weekend of spiritual discussions and explorations. While Friday evening forums and Sunday sermons are free, tickets are required for Saturday workshops. These workshops often sell out.

Our hope for this series is that it offers the best of contemporary scholarship, Christian theologians and other spiritual teachers to members of Myers Park Baptist, and to the general public. It is our hope that as we expand our minds together, we might grow deeper and closer to God and to our community of faith.

2017  Miguel De La Torre
2016  Robin Meyers
2015  John Dominic Crossan
2014  Barbara Brown Taylor
2013  Brian McLaren

2012  Cynthia Bourgeault


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