IWC announces annual Manning Lectures

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems, an acclaimed biblical scholar and award-winning author, is a highly sought-after writer and speaker. Her books include Just a Sister Away; I Asked for Intimacy; Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Prophets; Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God; and What Matters Most: Ten Passionate Lessons from the Song of Solomon. Her 1999 book, Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey through Silence and Doubt, won the Religious Communicators’ Council’s prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for “excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media.”

Ordained an elder in the AME Church since 1984, Dr. Weems is a former member of the faculty of Vanderbilt University Divinity School (1987-03), where she was the first African American woman to be tenured. Dr. Weems is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary (1989). She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1983) and B.A. from Wellesley College (1976). Dr. Weems is featured in Black Stars: African American Religious Leaders (2008), a collection of biographies of some of the most important Black Religious Leaders over the last 200 hundred years, including such impressive figures as Adam Clayton Powell, Elijah Muhammad, Sojourner Truth, Howard Thurman, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Dr. Renita Weems lives with her family in Nashville, TN, where she serves as Vice-President and Academic Dean of American Baptist College. In her spare time, she is an avid quilter. Join us for the 2014 Clifford and Maxine Manning annual Speaker Series Contact Joy Lapp, 319-385-6403 or for more information. Funded by the Clifford and Maxine Manning Annual Speaker SeriesBoth events are free and open to the public.

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