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Safeguarding the Prophetic Tradition: the Legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Civil Rights Movement into the Twenty-first Century
AuthorRoyster, Michael D.
FormatConference Paper
Description7 pages
GenrePublic Lecture
NotesCopyright © 2017 Michael D. Royster. Presented here with permission of Michael D. Royster and the Academy of Homiletics.
AbstractThe twenty-first century church requires special attention in protecting the prophetic tradition which begins with the biblical prophets while appropriating lessons that were learned from the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement including its missed opportunities. Drawing from the scholarship of social scientists, systematic, moral, and practical theologians, there has emerged a renewed sense of urgency for the preaching and teaching community to actively engage in theological reflection put into practice. Four key lessons from the past deemed worthy of exploration include the following: (1) courageous faith is the first step towards progress, (2) progress requires a broad set of alliances, (3) remembering those who still await liberation, and (4) the importance of secrecy. The given statement makes evident that preaching and teaching within the prophetic tradition should not be regarded as an occupation, or ambitious endeavor, but rather an answer to a Divine calling.
CollectionAcademy of Homiletics
ContributorAcademy of Homiletics
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