Willie James Jennings, a renowned theologian from Yale Divinity School, will deliver the 2019 Hagen Lecture at 7 p.m. April 8 at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St., Fort Collins.
Jennings is associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale. His address is titled, “Living a Revolutionary Love: How to Be a Christian in a Racial World.” Jennings said his lecture will explore what it will take for Christians to take hold of the social and geographic revolution that life with God demands. “We live in a country and increasingly a western world that has given into the racial antagonism that structures our lives,” said Jennings. “Christians are yet to take hold of the revolutionary love that should mark how we form communities and how we imagine life together as those committed to the gospel.”
His book, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for groundbreaking work on race and Christianity. The award is given by the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville to those who have presented ideas with the potential to bring about change in the world through religion. It is accompanied by an award of $100,000. The Hagen Lecture is funded by an endowment of the Adult Faith Formation Committee. It honors the late Richard Hagen, a member of First Church and exemplar of lifelong learning.
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