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Annual Urban Theological Institute Lecture & Worship

September 17, 2024 11:45AM and 6:45PM

Annual UTI Lecture with Rev. Dr. Willie Francois III
"Silencing White Noise"
Sept. 17, 2024 at 11:45AM
Benbow Hall, inside Brossman Center
United Lutheran Seminary
7301 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Worship at 6:45PM in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel (same address as above)

Willie Dwayne Francois III serves as Senior Pastor of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey and President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality—a national think tank and policy advocacy organization. New York Theological Seminary appointed Francois as the Director of the Master of Professional Studies Program at Sing Sing and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities and Associate Professor of Liberation Theology. His second book, titled Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome our Inaction on Race, was released August 2022 through Brazos Press. His upcoming book tentatively entitled Outing Blue Privilege: A Call for Public Love when Public Safety is Not Enough is under contract with Oris Books. Francois' pastoral activism takes shape around racial equity, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and earned a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University. He serves as a commissioner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the New Jersey State Department and national co-chair of the Social Justice Commission of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Francois co-authored the book Christian Minister’s Manual: For the Pulpit and the Public Square for All Denominations—the most progressive and comprehensive clergy resource and the first interdenominational manual written for Black clergy in 56 years. He also has bylines in HuffPost, The Hill, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners and The Christian Century concerning a range of matters pivoting around race, class and religion in America.

Event contact

Quintin L. Robertson
qrobertson@uls.edu