Dr. M. Shawn Copeland to be 2012 Katie Geneva Cannon Lecturer

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, will be the 7th annual Katie Geneva Cannon lecturer. Dr. Copeland is the author of  numerous articles focusing on the ethical and theological lessons of black women’s lives, experience, and spiritual struggles. Her early work on suffering in womanist perspective is now classic. (See the widely anthologized “‘Wading through Many Sorrows’: Toward a Theology of Suffering in Womanist Perspective” – in, among other collections, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering, Emilie M. Townes, ed. (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1993) 109-129.) More recently she is the author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Fortress Press, 2010); The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille: The Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality (Paulist Press, 2009); and Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience. With LaReine-Marie Mosely and Albert Raboteau (Orbis Books, 2009).

The Women’s Center is grateful that Dr. Copeland is able to include the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture in her active scholarly and public speaking schedule, and we look forward to hearing from her in September.

The Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture is set for Sunday, September 23, 7:00 p.m., in Hundley Hall, Gardencourt, on the LPTS campus. Dr. Copeland will lead a workshop on Monday following the lecture at 10:30 a.m. in Laws Lodge. We are also looking forward to Monday worship, 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel, with Alumna preacher Kerri Allen. Monday’s events will be capped by a closing lunch and worship in the Women’s Center.

For additional information and pre-lecture registration, contact the Women’s Center, 502.894.2285. We hope to see many of our readers there!

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Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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