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  • Figel Event for Ecumenism February 3, 2022 ONLINE EVENT

    February 3, 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    John August Swanson "Celebration"

    This event is passed, but a RECORDING of it will be posted soon.

    We had a remarkable evening hearing from Dr. Walker Smith and having a response from Dr. Browne in Liberia.  Excellent Questions from participants as well!   Thank you all who attended. 

    Figel Program 2022 Virtual 2.2.22 (download)


    14th Annual Figel Event for Ecumenism
    featuring the Ecumenism Award Recipient and
    Prayer Service for Christian Unity
    Thursday, February 3

    Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
    Bread for the World
    Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Faith Engagement

    The Hope of Pan-African Peoples and
    the Contradiction of Visible Unity Deferred:
    “Ubuntu” as a Vision for Christian Unity

    Dr. Walker-Smith will critically examine contradictions in the current vision of Unity in the Ecumenical movement, from the perspective of churches and ecclesial communities of Africa and African descent from a Pan-African lens.    She will speak on the African value of “Ubuntu” (‘I Am Because We Are’) as a timely approach for the future of Ecumenism. 


    Our respondent is Dr. Herman Browne of the Episcopal Church of Liberia. He acquired a Bachelor of Divinity (Honors) degree from Kings College, London. He also earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of London in 1994. He is former President of Cuttington University in Liberia, and currently serves as resident scholar at the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary.

    Dr. Browne has authored eight theological books: Theological Anthropology: A Dialectic
    Study of the Africa and Liberation Traditions; 50 Things Your Pastor Forgot to Tell You: about God, You and the Bible; Grasshoppers No Longer: critical essays in western cultural history, theology and philosophy; and A Theologian’s Advice: how to avoid sincere, but misguided talk about God.

    Join us for Ecumenical Prayer Service (6:00) lead by the Consortium Student Board, presentation of the Ecumenism Award (6:35) the Figel Address (6:45) by Dr. Walker-Smith, response (7:25), and discussion.  We will adjourn no later than 8:30.

    Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith is the Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Faith Engagement.  She brings extensive global, national and local experience as a faith and public engagement thought leader, journalist, speaker, broadcaster, scholar, preacher and author. President Clinton, Senator Richard Lugar, former Indiana Governor (VP) Mike Pence and two of her alma maters, Yale University Divinity School and Kent State University have awarded her with high distinctions of leadership. She received her doctorate degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is former Executive Director/Minister of the Church Council in Greater Indianapolis, Indiana, member of the Home Mission Board for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., a World Council of Churches (WCC) and National Council of Churches Governing Board Member, a President of Historic Black Churches at one of the widest represented bodies of national churches and their related networks of Christianity in the USA, Christian Churches Together (CCT). Most recently, she was selected to be a member of the Preparatory Working Group for the new United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent.

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