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Church in the Public Square

This program made possible through the generosity of the Rev. Michael Johnston bequest and gifts of the Lascelles Anderson Family.

Race, Place, and Discipleship with
Professor Willie James Jennings

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:30 - 6PM


Note: Advance ticket sales ended Sept. 27.  You are still most welcome to attend; tickets will be sold at the door for $40 - cash or check only. No need to RSVP; we've plenty of room for you!


Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park is delighted to announce the restart of a longstanding annual lecture/ sermon program, this time under a new title: Church in the Public Square. The inaugural offering this year on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 will feature the distinguished African-American theologian from Yale University - Professor Willie James Jennings, author of The Christian Imagination-Theology and the Origins of Race, regarded widely as among the most outstanding theological treatises of the last 15 years.
The Seminar will be of immense interest to all individuals interested in how the modern Christian imagination developed, and how instrumental that development has been in the creation and maintenance of racially segregated societies. This is an event that should not be missed.

Saturday's lecture is a ticketed event (tickets available here) from 1:30 - 6PM.  Rev. Dr. Jennings will be the preacher at Grace‚Äôs 10:30 am worship service on the 30th.  All are welcome.  The video on this page is a 5-min. introduction to Professor Jennings and his work. His bio is here.