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Faith & Civic Life
The Reverend Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors
The Reverend Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors is senior pastor of the historic Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois, where he has continued to lead the church in its role as a trumpeter for Christ and as a social justice advocate in Evanston and Metro Chicago. Recently, Second Baptist Church has become a leading faith center in America in facilitating Race Talk Solidarity Circles in local communities. Dr. Nabors teaches Homiletics and Qualitative Research and Theological Writing at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He served as Director of the Master of Divinity and Student Life Programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where he was professor of Homiletics and African American Religious History. He has taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Marygrove College. Dr. Nabors earned an undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary. He has been both a Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Benjamin E. Mays Fellow. He was also a Fellow in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence- Lily Endowment Program as well as a Fellow in the Pastor-Theologian Lilly Endowment Program. He has received over 100 community, church and ministry awards for leadership and service in New Jersey, Michigan and Illinois. Before leaving Princeton, New Jersey, the Mayor and City Council commemorated his leadership by naming October 12th, “Dr. Michael Nabors Day.”
A Complicated Faith: The Presbyterian Church and the Sins of Our Nation
…from Slavery to Jim Crow to Today
Just as the Presbyterian Church was instrumental in the forming of this nation and our form of governance, it was complicit in the sins that still plague our society today. This class will explore how the Presbyterian Church has contributed to racial inequality and social inequity, and hear about ways - past and present - that the Church seeks to repent, reconcile, and reform. This class will meet from September 11-October 9, with the class on September 25th taught by Dr. Michael Nabors, this year’s Faith and Civic Life Lecturer. The class will meet in the Chapel, and a Zoom link will be provided each week in the Westminster Notes for those who wish to join virtually. The class will loosely incorporate the book, Subversive Witness: Scriptures’ Call to Leverage Privilege by Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Copies will be available for $5 in the church office.
Church membership is like being a part of a co-op, not a country club. Every person who shares in the life of our community contributes in valuable ways, but Presbyterian polity only allows those who are in active membership to serve on committees, be nominated to ordination as Deacons and Elders, and vote in matters of church business. If you’ve been considering church membership - or just want to know more about Westminster and the Presbyterian Church in general, join the Rev. Anna Owens and other inquiring minds at Westminster 101 on Sunday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the West Parlor, with dinner following. Childcare can be made available. Please register for the class in advance by emailing Anna Owens at email@example.com or by calling the church office by Monday, September 19.
Parents of children 6th grade and under are welcome to join this class on Sunday mornings for fellowship, coffee, and conversation. This informal class discusses a range of topics, most related to faith formation at home, but also larger issues of parenting and raising families.