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Mobile Course in Public Theology & Activism


Mobile Course in Public Theology & Activism


We regret to report that we learned yesterday that Dr. Barber has an emergency denominational meeting that he, as the denominational moderator, must attend. That means that Dr. Barber will not be available to co-lead the seminar in person on campus on Saturday.

Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Rev. Shyrl Hinnant-Uzzell, Coordinator of Seminar and Religious Institution Opportunities with Repairers, will be at Wake Forest and are prepared to move forward with the seminar. Of this modified seminar format, Rev. Hinnant-Uzzell writes:   

"While I understand your disappointment as well as the draw of Dr. Barber, I hope your university will consider the alternative plan of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and I coming and incorporating high quality, asynchronous, edited digital content from Dr. Barber throughout the presentation. As previously stated, we’ve used this delivery method before, and it worked quiet well. We are confident that as presenters this will be just as impactful. I have also proposed working on additional video content with our media department so that a personalized greeting to Wake Forest can be rendered from Dr. Barber. The message from Dr. Barber would include personalized content as to how the mission speaks directly to Wake Forest and it’s community."


On Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 12 PM - 5 PM, the School of Divinity is hosting Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove who will lead a Mobile Course in Public Theology & Activism. This event is co-sponsored with local faith communities and community organizations, listed below. Note: this is not an online course; it will be held on the campus of Wake Forest University.

The four hours of instructional time will be co-led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, distinguished visiting professor of public theology at Union Theological Seminary, and Bishop with the Affirming College of Bishops; and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a celebrated author and director of the School for Conversion in Durham, NC. There will also be instruction in musicology of the Movement from the Rev. Shyrl Uzzell and Yara Allen.

As a national organizer for the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign, Repairers of the Breach is engaging faith communities and preparing moral leaders across America for this work, through the mobile course in public theology and activism.

This course will introduce participants to:

  • A freedom Movement framework for understanding faith in American public life, with an emphasis on the faith tradition(s) at hosting institutions.
  • Scriptural and theological basis for public engagement, as well as an immersion in the musicology of the Moral Movement.
  • Analysis of current context in the particular state in the nation.
  • Introduction to moral fusion organizing principles & stories of current faith-rooted organizing.

We also invite participants to engage with various supplemental readings including: One Nation Under God, by Kevin Kruse;Democracy in Chains, by Nancy McLean; White Rage, by Carol Anderson; The Third Reconstruction, by William J. Barber, II;Reconstructing the Gospel, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2018 release); and Always With Us?, by Rev. Liz Theoharis.

This Mobile Course in Public Theology & Activism is co-sponsored with:

  • The Center for Congregational Health, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Congregational United Church of Christ, Greensboro, NC
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina
  • First Baptist Church Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Green Street United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
  • HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Knollwood Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Ministries Beyond Welcome, Winston-Salem, NC
  • North Carolina Council of Churches, Raleigh, NC
  • Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC
  • Pro Humanitate Institute, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Salem Christian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Benson University Center, Room 401
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Religious Observance, Special Events, Conference / Panel, Workshop, Multicultural / International, Diversity, Community


School of Divinity, The Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students



$25 for community members; $15 for School of Divinity alumni, faculty, staff, and students



Contact name

John Senior, Director of the Art of Ministry and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership

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