W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lecturer To Discuss "Holy Spirit, Human Emotion and Black Preaching"

March 18, 2011

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Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, retired Visiting Professor of Homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, will present this year's W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lecture in Applied Christianity.

He will speak on "Holy Spirit, Human Emotion and Black Preaching" at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus. A brown-bag luncheon (in which guests are invited to bring their own) is scheduled at noon in the Great Hall of Truett Seminary to allow for questions. Both are free of charge and open to the public.

The event is hosted by Truett Black Student Association, a student organization "whose mission is to lead Truett in reflecting the cultural diversity that exists in the body of Christ," said Arbra Bailey, president of the association.

"Dr. Mitchell, along with his late wife, have taught more places and influenced more preachers than any living black professor of preaching," Bailey said. "At 90, he remains a vibrant, engaged spokesperson."

Among many other honors, Mitchell has been named a "Living Legend" at the E.K. Bailey International Conference on Expository Preaching. He has authored three books on the nature of black preaching which "have been seminal for the field," Bailey said.

Mitchell is the founding director of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. He was the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Bexley Hall and Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio.

"The lecture affords the Baylor and surrounding Waco community the opportunity to gain a greater awareness of the black religious experience and its impact on Christian proclamation," Bailey said.

The W. C. Dobbs Endowed Lectureship was established in 1995 by Dr. W. C. Dobbs, a retired professor of Christian ethics at Mobile College of Mobile, Ala.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Still at (254) 754-9104.

Truett Seminary is at 1110 S. Third St.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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