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Vanderbilt to Host Panel April 10 on "HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black Church"

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    Vanderbilt to host panel April 10 on HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black Church Victor Anderson, associate professor of Christian ethics, African American
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      Vanderbilt to host panel April 10 on "HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Black
      Church"

      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.

      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 ([1995] 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
      NAACP.

      * 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.

      Media Contact: Melissa Pankake, (615) 322-NEWS
      melissa.r.pankake@...
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