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C. Shelby Rooks Lecture

C. Shelby Rooks

Named for the first African-American to serve as president of a predominately white theological school, the C. Shelby Rooks lecture launches a series of programs, open to the community, that invites individuals and communities, lay, clergy, and scholars to engage in religious and theological reflection on issues relevant to African-American faith, freedom, and justice. Join us as we work to complete the work begun by C. Shelby Rooks

About C. Shelby Rooks

C. Shelby Rooks was the first African American to serve as president of a predominately white theological school. He was one of the founders of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. An influential minister in the United Church of Christ and in the African-American religious community, Rooks served as executive vice president of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries from 1984 until his retirement in 1992. Earlier, he headed the Fund for Theological Education in Princeton, New Jersey, and had been pastor of Lincoln Memorial Temple, United Church of Christ, in Washington, D.C. Rooks died May 19, 2001.

This Year's Lecture

The 10th Annual C. Shelby Rooks Lecture, featuring the Rev. Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd, was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Read more here! 

Past Lectures