- Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series
The Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series was established at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in honor and memory of George McLeod “Mac” Bryan, Sr. (’41, MA ’44) by George (’61) and Carol (’64) Williamson. Bryan was professor of religion and taught at the University for thirty-seven years after joining the religion faculty in 1956. He introduced courses on feminism, religion and science, medical ethics, and black and liberation theology. He fought tirelessly for Civil Rights, pursued social reform, and was instrumental in helping to integrate Wake Forest College in the 1960s. Bryan wrote several books on social justice, including These Few Also Paid a Price and Voices in the Wilderness.
Bryan had a lasting impact on the Williamsons. In talking about his impact, George paints a vivid picture, “ Mac’s character was to bring others along in his confident intention toward reform of the human folly for public injustice.” The series brings preachers and speakers to campus who will inspire students to live and serve at the intersection of Christianity and social justice.
The Williamsons are long-time supporters of Wake Forest and early advocates for the importance of the School of Divinity at Wake Forest. George currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Divinity.
The Mac Bryan series will have its inaugural preacher in 2014. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the architect of North Carolina’s Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC, will preach at the School of Divinity fall convocation on September 2, 2014 at 11:00am in Wait Chapel.
- An Evening with Nadia Bolz-Weber
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the School of Divinity welcomed Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, and pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America mission congregation.
- Sense of Place: Elevating Preaching 2013
Sense of Place: Elevating Preaching 2013 welcomed three noted preachers who inspired attendees with their messages and small-group dialogue about sermon preparation, resources, and styles.
Preaching at the Forty Year Mark (Numbers 27:1-11)
by Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching
Columbia Theological Seminary
Learning to Tell Time (John 11:1-21)
by Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Note: the audio file is no longer available.
Worship 101 (Isaiah 58:1-12)
by Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics
Duke University School of Divinity
Elevating Preaching is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina
- Steelman Lectures
The Margaret A. Steelman Lectures were endowed in 1998 with a gift from Dr. Stanford L. Steelman in honor of his wife, Margaret A. Steelman, and to establish a legacy at the newly established School of Divinity at Wake Forest University. The Steelmans were originally from Hickory and returned there to retire in 1988. Dr. Steelman spent 28 years with Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey. His career as a biochemist was distinguished with hundreds of scientific articles and five patents. They were active members of First Baptist Church, Hickory, NC. This lectureship provides funding for prominent lecturers of Judeo-Christian theology.
In 2013, the School of Divinity welcome Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. The address was titled, “The Spiritual Mode of Preaching.”
In 2012, the School of Divinity welcomed Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Her address centered around her latest book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.
No audio available at this time.
In 2011, the School of Divinity welcomed Dr. William Schweiker, Director of the Martin Marty Center and Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. The address was titled, “Are Religious Convictions Bad for the Planet?.”
2014 Fall Convocation
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II- Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro NC; President, North Carolina NAACP
“The Necessity of Moral Dissent in Times Like These”
2013 Fall Convocation
Melissa Rogers - Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
“Faith, Values, and the Common Good”
2012 Fall Convocation
Dr. Gary Gunderson - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
“Relearning our Mother Tongue: Finding Our Soul as We Find Our Voice for Health, Mercy, and Justice”
2012 Spring Convocation and Celebration of the Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies
Dr. Harvey G. Cox, Jr. - Harvard Divinity School
“The Baptist Motif”
2011 Fall Convocation and Steelman Lecture
Dr. William Schweiker - University of Chicago Divinity School
“Are Religious Convictions Bad for the Planet?”
- Trible Lecture Series
Recognizing March as Women’s History Month, the lectures made feminist concerns more visible through dialogue with some of today’s foremost feminist thinkers. The Series was a valuable resource for all students, particularly for those in seminaries, divinity schools and departments of religion. 2013 marked the conclusion of the Trible Lecture Series.
2013: Feminism: Then, Now, and Not Yet
Speaker Lecture Title Audio Monica Coleman
Claremont School of Theology
“Where the Waves Crash: Theological Speculations on Womanism and Motherhood” Lecture: Nelly van Doorn-Harder
Wake Forest University
“Women in Interfaith Peacemaking: Invisible Resources” Lecture: Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
Hebrew union College
“Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Interfaith Contexts: Challenges and Opportunities” Lecture: Serene Jones
Union Theological Seminary
“Mom, What’s a White, Male Evangelical?” Lecture:
2012: The Bible and International Feminisms (Tenth Anniversary)
Speaker Lecture Title Audio Ulrike Bechmann
Universität Graz, Austria
“Sarah and Hagar: A Feminist European Perspective on Actual Controversies” Lecture: Ivone Gebara
Theological Institute of Recife, Brazil
“Daily Life Wisdom as One Criterion for Feminist Theological and Biblical Interpretations” Lecture: Hisako Kinukawa
Center for Feminist Theology and Ministry, Japan
“A Journey of a Gril Who Talks Back” Lecture: Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Institute of Religion and Culture, Ghana
“African Women and the Bible” Lecture: View photos from the 2012 Trible Lecture Series here.
- Choral Celebration Honoring the 400th Anniversary of the KJV
Prelude on an Old Scottish Psalm Tune
Welcome Invocation Introduction to Psalm Festival and First Petition
Tenth and Eleventh Petition
Conclusion and Benediction Closing Voluntary and Reflection on Psalm 90
Fugue in E-flat Major