C. Shelby Rooks Lecture
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!
- 2015 Rooks Lecture: Alton B. Pollard
- 2014 Rooks Lecture: Renita Weems
- 2013 Rooks Lecture: Jonathan Walton
- 2012 Rooks Lecture: Katie Cannon
- 2011 Rooks Lecture: Charles Long
- 2010 Rooks Lecture: Andrea White
- 2009 Rooks Lecture: Arthur Pressley
- 2008 Rooks Lecture: Marcia Riggs
- 2007 Rooks Lecture: Peter Paris