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The George Walker Redding Endowed Lecture

Annual George Walker Redding Endowed Lecture

Submitted on February 2, 2018

As Georgetown College celebrates Black History Month, we are pleased to welcome to our campus Dr. Brian Bantum, associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University.

Dr. Brian Bantum photoDr. Bantum will deliver the prestigious endowed George Walker Redding Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Ward Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center. He has chosen as his topic, “Holy Difference in a Divided World,” a lecture on racism and Christianity. The Redding Lecture is open to the public.

In encouraging attendance, Sheila Klopfer, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Religion, added she hoped everyone would “find the conversation meaningful and relevant to your own thoughts and actions.”

Earlier that same day, Bantum will address the topic of “Sexuality, Gender, and Race.” That talk will be in the Cooke Memorial Building on campus at 11 a.m.

Bantum writes and teaches Christology, theological anthropology with the special emphasis on the significance of the body in Christian life and how race and gender shape our life in Christ. His first book, Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity was published in 2010 (Baylor University Press).

He is a regular contributor to Christian Century and The Other Journal and has published numerous articles and chapters in academic journals and popular magazines. He has recently published his second book, The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World (Fortress Press).

His teaching and research focus on the intersection of theology and identity, exploring how the claims of Christian identity are illumined and challenged by the realities of race, ethnicity, and gender.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Houghton College, Bantum received a master’s of theological studies from the Divinity School at Duke University and a Ph.D. in theology from Duke University.

He and his wife, Rev. Gail Song Bantum, live in Seattle with their three teenage sons.

The Redding Lecture is a joint presentation of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry and the Department of Religion. George Walker Redding – for whom this lecture is named – was a much-loved member of the Georgetown faculty for 30 years (1943-73).  Dr. Redding taught courses in Bible and chaired what became the Religion Department. After retiring from the College in 1973, he continued to teach until his death in 1989.

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