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Willson Lectures

April 9, 2022 @ 8:30 am 2:00 pm

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General Information

The Willson Lectureship was established at Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion in 1967 by Dr. and Mrs. J.M. Willson of Floydada, Texas for visiting lecturers to show the possibility of a productive partnership between the Christian faith and intellectual integrity


Saturday, April 9

Arrival, Registration & Light Breakfast8:30 – 9:00 amOptional: Unprogrammed worship in the manner of friends
Lecture 19:00 – 10:00 am
Q & A10:00 – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break10:30 – 11:00 am
Lecture 211:00 – 12:00 pm
Q & A12:00 – 12:30 pm
Book Signing / Interactions12:30 – 1:00 pm
Lunch1:00 – 2:00 pm$15 fee

About our Keynote

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

Grace was born in Korea, educated in Canada, and now teaches in the United States. She is the author or editor of 21 books, most recently, Invisible, Hope in Disarray; Keeping Hope Alive; and Intersectional Theology.  She is a Series Co-Editor for Palgrave Macmillan Series, “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora” and has served on the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors.

She also writes for Spirituality & Health, Baptist News Global, Sojourners, Faith and Leadership, and Wabash Center and has published in TIME, The Huffington Post, Christian Century, US Catholic Magazine, and The Nation. She is the host of the Madang podcast which is hosted by the Christian Century and is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister. More of Grace’s writing and work can be found on her blog site Loving Life.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ph.D.

Lecture Description

The Spirit presents itself to many as an enigma. Its existence is mysterious and complex, generating misunderstandings and unawareness of its true purpose. The Spirit’s ambiguous nature opens the opportunity for the study to unearth the exciting truths that it holds.

The Spirit is present in our world in various forms. The lectures will examine the Spirit as experienced in light, wind, breath, and vibration to help us uncover some of its aspects that invite us to work for climate justice, racial justice, and gender justice. The Holy Spirit has always been a mover and shaker of ideas and action. The Spirit’s presence moves, stirs, and changes us to become aware of the social ills in our world.

The different ways in which we reimagine the Holy Spirit can challenge some traditional assumptions in Christianity and provide a liberating vision that allows us to work for social justice. The work of the Holy Spirit stirs us to work toward new kinships with God that are sustainable, just, and whole.