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Dr. Flora Bridges, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Joseph Crockett, American Bible Society, NY
Dr. Deirdre Good, The General Theological Seminary, NY
Dr. E. Elizabeth Johnson, Columbia Theological Seminary, GA
Dr. Susan Andrews, Hudson River Presbytery, NY
Dr. Alfred Johnson, Church of the Village, NY
Dr. Kevin Yoho, Newark Presbytery, NJ
Dr. Flora Bridges First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, NY
Bio The Reverend Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges recently served as Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. She is the former Speghar-Halligan Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interfaith Dialogue in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. Dr. Bridges is the author of Resurrection Song: African-American Spirituality Title: "Re-christianized Christianity: Preaching and Teaching the Bible in a Post-Christian World" Abstract: The major emphasis of this seminar is the question how can the Bible in a post-Christian society and world define Christian faith beyond the distorted vision of faith that is impacted by cultural privilege in the United States? In this discussion, the historical and contemporary experience and expression of the biblical hermeneutic of the Black Church in America will serve as a primary example.
The Bible has historically been connected to both the oppression and liberation of people of African descent in the United States. In the midst of this the Black Church created a hermeneutical method and manner of interpreting the Bible that emphasized survival, resistance, and liberation. The enslaved people, as scholar Albert J. Raboteau claims, “did not simply become Christians; they creatively fashioned a Christian tradition to fit their own freedom experience of enslavement in America.” African-American religion has been firmly rooted in slave theology. The Jesus-centric religious tradition that emerged from it empowered the descendents of slaves to become a people of Christian faith in a way essentially different from that of privileged white Christians in the United States. This, in turn, led to different cultural values that were characterized by a concern for the poor.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Black religion in America has been its ability to restrain from compromising one’s responsibility to God in the concern for the poor. However, after having lived for generations in environments hostile to this tradition of the Christian faith, can Black religion continue to withstand the crumbling of its ethical foundation through the seduction of economic privilege? Can the Bible still be interpreted in such a way that the Christian doctrine extracted from it continues to provide a legitimate ethical foundation that relates the faith to God’s creative activity in the world on behalf of the poor?
Rev. Joseph Crockett, Ed. D. Director of Scholarly Projects Nida Institute American Bible Society, NY
Bio Joseph V. Crockett earned his doctorate degree in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Dr. Crockett is the Director of Scholarly Projects, the Nida Institute at American Bible Society, New York, NY. His research and publications focus on individuals’ and congregations’ use and understandings of Scripture in everyday situations.
Celebrating more than 30 years of ordination in The United Methodist Church, he has worked as a youth minister, pastor, editor, and seminary professor. Reverend Crockett is a member of the New York Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church. He is married to Renée Guy and the proud father of two sons and one daughter; John-Thomas, James Weldon and Portia Simone. Abstract: In what ways is the Bible important to the members of Mainline churches in the US? How do members of Mainline Protestant Churches view and use the Bible? What is the role of the Bible in processes of renewal of Mainline Churches in America? How do members' views and usages work to encourage and support renewal in the church? These questions and concerns will be explored in the discussion on the Bible in the life of the Mainline Church.
Dr. Deirdre Good Professor New Testament General Theological Seminary
Bio Dr. Deirdre Good is professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, Christian Origins, Noncanonical writings and biblical languages (Greek and Coptic). An American citizen, she grew up in Kenya and keeps the blog On Not Being a Sausage. She has written books on Matthew's portrait of Jesus (Jesus the Meek King, 1999), on Mary traditions in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Mariam, the Magdalen and the Mother, 2005), on households and family in the time of Jesus (Jesus' Family Values, 2006) and most recently, Reading the New Testament, A Fortress Introduction with Bruce Chilton (2010). She also blogs for Episcopal Cafe. Title: “Episcopal Churches Reading & Studying the Bible Today” Abstract: There has been a renewed interest in the reading and studying of the Bible within the Episcopal Church nationwide. In this lecture, I will introduce and discuss various websites that provide study guides and daily meditations on texts.
E. Elizabeth Johnson J. Davison Professor of New Testament Columbia Theological Seminary
Bio E. Elizabeth Johnson is the J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author most recently of “Paul’s Reliance on Scripture in 1 Thessalonians,” in Paul and Scripture, ed. Christopher Stanley (Scholars Press, 2012), the essays on Ephesians and Colossians in The Women’s Bible Commentary: Second Edition, ed. Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe (Westminster John Knox, 2012), and “God’s Covenant Faithfulness to Israel,” in Reading the Letter to the Romans, ed. Jerry L. Sumney (Scholars Press, 2012). She served on the editorial board of Feasting on the Word and is co-general editor of Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox). She is a member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta (PC[USA]). Title: “They Said Nothing to Anyone Because They Were Afraid” Abstract: As several historic Protestant denominations in North America confront a season of unsettling change and disquieting conflict, they are expending remarkable energy and imagination in Bible study. Response to one recent published resource, Feasting on the Word (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008-2010), suggests that the Bible is playing a significant role in the current reformation of the church.
Dr. Susan Andrews Hudson River Presbytery, NY
Bio Susan Andrews serves as the General Presbyter of Hudson River Presbytery - a region embracing 85 congregations in the 7 counties north of New York City. Previously Susan pastored three parishes over a 32 year period of time - in Pennsylvania, New Jersey , and Maryland. In 2003-2004, she served as the elected Moderator of the 215th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Dr. Alfred Johnson Church of the Village, NY
Bio After receiving his Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, Bishop Johnson has served United Methodist churches in the greater Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York regions since 1975. He was elected and consecrated bishop in 1996 and from 2005 he has been actively integrating the ministries at the United Methodist Churches of the Village in New York City.
Dr. Kevin Yoho Newark Presbytery, NJ
Bio The Rev. Kevin Yoho, D.Min., is General Presbyter of Newark Presbytery, PC(U.S.A.). His mission connects people and communities to change world in the name of Jesus Christ. Dr. Yoho tries to pay attention, leading the church to innovate and authentically love the world. He is married to the love of his life, Dr. Melissa Arnott. Title: “Reciprocal Church Revolution: How the church can rechart its mission to change the world (and still make sense to our neighbors)” Abstract: How can the church recapture its world-changing mission? Is renewal of the church in the 21st Century actually possible for incumbant church leadership with crumbling structures? Is there a remedy to the depair in the pews and depression in the pulpits? Of course! This conversation will first sadden, then delight the participant as evidence-based data addresses the dilemna of institutional vs missional church. Innovation can emerge when a changed church is set free from itself and charts a new course for the future. The Reciprocal Church Revolution will change the church so the the world will change in the name of Jesus Christ, (and still make sense to our neighbors).