Vanderbilt to Host Panel April 10 on "HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black Church"
- Vanderbilt to host panel April 10 on "HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black
Victor Anderson, associate professor of Christian ethics, African
American studies and religious studies, is among the panelists who
will discuss "HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black Church" April 10 at
Vanderbilt University will host a panel discussion, "Keeping Our
Promise: HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black Church" on April 10, from 4
p.m. until 7 p.m. in room G-23 at the Divinity School.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Kelly
Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies and the Carpenter
Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality.
Panelists will include:
* Victor Anderson, associate professor of Christian ethics, African
American studies and religious studies, Vanderbilt University. He has
published two books: Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay in African
American Religious and Cultural Criticism ( 1999), and Pragmatic
Theology: Negotiating the Intersection of an American Philosophy of
Religion and Public Theology (1999). He has a third book forthcoming,
entitled, Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African
American Religious Experience.
* The Rev. Sonnye Dixon Jr., community activist and pastor of Hobson
United Methodist Church. Dixon is a past president of the Nashville
* Dwayne Jenkins, HIV education coordinator and Brothers United
coordinator at Nashville Cares.
* Monique Moultrie, Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Department of
Religion at Vanderbilt University.
The Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies was
established in honor of the late Kelly Miller Smith Sr., assistant
dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School from 1968 until his death in
1984. The institute perpetuates his legacy of theological and academic
excellence and prophetic witness. The African American church remains
the primary institution in the African American community committed to
the liberation of persons and groups who suffer from racial and social
oppression. The work of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute brings
together the African American church community and African American
educational institutions, as partners with the Vanderbilt Divinity
School to study and research issues important to the practice of faith
and ministry in the African American church.
The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality is designed to
foster conversation about religion, gender, and sexuality. The program
seeks to provide education and encourage communication within and
across religious affiliations, ideological bases and cultural contexts.
Nashville Cares is Tennessee's leading community-based AIDS service
organization. Its mission is to promote and participate in a
comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS infection
through education, advocacy and supportive services.
The Brothers United Network is a collective of African American
Gay/SGL Men that seek to provide community empowerment and self
actualization through its individual chapters in Nashville,
Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville and West Tenn. The organization
strives to provide continuous psychosocial, life coaching, affirming
pastoral care and healthy social supports to the African American
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to enhance their lives.
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