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2008 C. Shelby Rooks Lecture

Featuring Dr. Marcia Riggs

The Second Annual C. Shelby Rooks Lecture featured Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs, the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Coumbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. The titlae of the lecture was, "Dreaming Beloved Community in the 21st Century."

Dr. Riggs is interested in the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the church’s practice of ministry, the moral foundations for public policy, and the church’s role in social justice ministry. Dr. Riggs’ academic degrees include: A.B., Randolph- Macon Woman, M.Div., Yale Divinity School and Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. She has published three books to date - Plenty Good Room: Women Versus Male Power in the Black Church (2003); Can I Get a Witness?: Pro- phetic Religious Voices of African American Woman: An Anthology, co-editor (1997); and Awake, Arise, & Act: A Womanist Call for Black Liberation (1994). In addition to her duties as a professor, Dr. Riggs serves on committees for several leading religious organi- zations including: the Executive Committee, Association of Theological Schools; Executive Committee, Society of Christian Ethics; and Chair, Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group, American Academy of Religion.

Dr Riggs is a highly sought after lecturer and work- shop presenter. Recent engagements include: Walter and Mary Brueggemann Lectures, Eden Theological Semi- nary; Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer and Preacher, Duke University Divinity School; and Workshop Leader, College Students Retreat, Mount Zion Baptist Church. Dr. Riggs is a faithful member of the African Meth- odist Episcopal Zion Church.