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.

2017

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Wait Chapel
“A Hope Beyond Ourselves”

 

2016

The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ (UCC)
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m., Wait Chapel
“Where All Are Welcome”

 

2014

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, architect of North Carolina’s Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC
September 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Wait Chapel
“The Necessity of Moral Dissent in Times Like These”