The Brady Theology and Mission Lectures: Reggie Williams

Social Incarnational Engagement: What the Black Church Can Teach the Rest of the Church About Mission

June 6th, 2019 @ 7-9pm

June 7th, 2019 @ 9:30am-Noon

America is continually divided by race and politics. Our churches are no different. How do we do mission in a world and a church divided by the haves and the have-nots? How can we learn from the black church in how to live on mission and be the church?

Join renowned theologian Reggie Williams as he casts a vision for a church engaged with the world. He will lead us in how to incarnate the good news and foster an imagination for the work of justice and social engagement.



Pre-April 15th: $5.00/lecture 

After April 15th: $10.00/lecture.

An event like this would normally cost at least $100 to attend. Northern Seminary is so committed to resourcing local pastors, we are asking you only to help with the cost of keeping the lights on and the coffee hot. $10 per lecture


Thursday Evening, June 7 (7pm–9pm)

Lecture 1: Dr. Reggie Williams

Friday Morning, June 8th (9:30am–12:00pm)

Lecture 2: Dr. Reggie Williams with panelist


Presenter & PanelistS


Dr. Reggie Williams book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance (Baylor University Press, 2014) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in 2015, in the field of religion. The book is an analysis of exposure to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals, and worship at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, during his year of post-doctoral study at Union Seminary in New York, 1930-31.

Dr. Williams’ research interests include Christological ethics, theological anthropology, Christian social ethics, the Harlem Renaissance, race, politics and black church life. His current book project includes a religious critique of whiteness in the Harlem Renaissance. In addition, he is working on a book analyzing the reception of Bonhoeffer by liberation activists in apartheid South Africa.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller in 2006 and a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Westmont College in 1995. He is a member of the board of directors for the Society for Christian Ethics, as well as the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society for the Study of Black Religion.


Briana McCarthy

Briana McCarthy is a wife and mother from the Southside of Chicago. She has been in ministry for 20 years serving in various capacities as such prayer coordinator, women’s ministry leader, and worship leader.

She currently serves at Reconciliation Church with her husband Glen as a member of the leadership team. Briana is a graduate of Trinity International University with a degree in Christian Ministry and Biblical Interpretation. She is currently pursuing an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.


David Swanson

David Swanson is the founding pastor of New Community Covenant Church, a multiracial congregation on the South Side of Chicago. He serves as the CEO of New Community Outreach, a non-profit organization working to reduce causes of trauma and raise opportunities for equity in Chicago. He has been married to Maggie for almost 20 years and has two amazing sons.

He is passionate about racial justice and reconciliation within the Body of Christ. He regularly blogs about these and similar topics and has a book coming out with InterVarsity Press that digs into themes of discipleship, race, and justice.



Carey Casey

Image result for carey caseyCarey Casey is best known as a compassionate ambassador and speaker, particularly within the American sports community. As the former CEO of the National Center for Fathering (NCF), Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. He is also author of the book, Championship Fathering: How to Win at Being a Dad and General Editor of the book 21-Day Dad’s Challenge: Three Weeks to a Better Relationship With Your Kids. His most recent book is Championship Grandfathering: How to Build a Winning Legacy.

Carey is also currently a pastor at Lawndale Christian Community Church — an inner-city church on Chicago’s west-side, recognized by the George H. W. Bush Points of Light Foundation. This vibrant church helps empower the community with health care, housing, education and economic growth.



This Lectureship is organized by Northern’s Master’s in Theology and Mission

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