Walls Lecture 2023

“Holiness Abolitionism: Christians Modeling Racial Justice” 
A Dialogue on Race and Faith

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 7:00-9:00 pm - Upper Gwinn (Third Floor)

A few Christians in the 19th century—particularly those connected with Oberlin College—acted boldly and courageously to end slavery and promote racial equality.  Those who did so grounded their activism on Holiness theology and devotional practices derived from the Wesleyan tradition.  The Walls Lecture this year will be a panel presentation given by four professors who have been engaged in a scholarly project known as the Dialogue on Race and Faith.  The goal of the project has been to study this historical movement and to draw out implications for the Christian church today. 

Featured Panelists:

  • Rev. Dr. Douglas Strong is the Paul T. Walls Professor of Wesleyan Studies and Professor of the History of Christianity at SPU.
  • Rev. Dr. Segbegnon Gnonhossou is Assistant Professor of Theology at SPU
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Sigler is Associate Professor of Worship and Historical Theology at SPU
  • Rev. Ashley Skinner-Creek is Director of Seattle Pacific Seminary at SPU, and will be our Panel Moderator
  • Dr. Jemar Tisby is Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Racial Justice, Simmons College of Kentucky

Click here to see the video of this presentation

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023