2021 Perkins Fall Series

Subversive Witness with Dominique Dubois Gilliard

The spring Annual Perkins Lecture Series was a virtual offering of events on the theme “Living Into the Legacy: Women in Reconciliation”. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil led us into the story of Esther, from her book Becoming Brave as we reflected on the impact of women in reconciliation work. This fall, Rev. Dominique Dubois Gilliard continues our engagement into stories of leveraging privilege by women and other witness stories from scriptures featured in his recent book, Subversive Witness.

Rev. Dominique Dubois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine's 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard's latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture's Call to Leverage Privilege was just published by Zondervan. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in its School of Restorative Acts and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the "Black Christian Leaders Changing the World."

Schedule of events

The following expectations apply on SPU's campus for all students, employees, contractors, visitors, and volunteers: Face coverings are required for all individuals inside SPU buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Leadership Conversation

Monday, September 20, 10:30 am Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus 

Rev. Dominique Gilliard, Rev. Derick Harris and Rev. Dr. Liz Mosbo VerHage will conduct a conversation about leadership, the church, the community and where leveraging privilege comes into context. 

"We cannot passively benefit from sin and faithfully follow Jesus. Scripture highlights a multitude of faithful women and men who bore a subversive witness. They model how we can leverage what we have been entrusted with to advance the kingdom and love our neighbors." Dominique Dubois Gilliard, Subversive Witness

*This event is open to the community. 
*This event will be recorded and made available at a later point in time on the Perkins Center YouTube

Monday Bible Study Launch

Monday, September 20, 7:00 pm *sign-ups for SPU students

One of University Ministries fall quarter community groups will follow the book Subversive Witness, the Monday night bible study. Students who sign up for this study will have the opportunity for Rev. Dominique Gilliard to join the first meeting as this bible study launches this week. 

Students can sign up for the Subversive Witness Bible Study through our community groups.


Tuesday, September 21, 11:10 am Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus

Rev. Dominique Gilliard will lead us in our Tuesday chapel time this week.

*This event is open to the community.

Classroom visits

Monday, September 20

Rev. Dominique Gilliard will also be joining a couple of classes during this visit, guest lecturing in Introduction to Global and Urban Ministries and Introduction to Reconciliation Ministries.

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2021