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2023 Hayward Lectures

October 2, 2023 - October 4, 2023

Join us for the 2023 Hayward Lectures
October 2-4, 2023
on-site at Fountain Commons and live online 

We are excited to welcome Dr. Willie James Jennings from Yale Divinity School as he speaks on “The Redemption of the Land: Rethinking the Place of Salvation.” 

The annual Hayward Lectures provide academic dialogue in order to stimulate critical engagement and reflection on key and emerging ideas in Church History, Christian Theology, and Biblical Studies.

Watch Lectures 

Lecture 1 – Mary’s Place: Redeeming Spatial Practice
Lecture 2 – Aaron’s Circle: Rethinking Sacred Spaces
Lecture 3 – Zacchaeus’s Tree: Reversing Ownership
Chapel Service – An Accidental Christian and Intentional Witness, Philippians 1:12-18
MacRae Centre Red Sofa Conversation with Dr. Willie James Jennings


Monday, October 27:00pmHayward Lecture 1 with Dr. Willie James Jennings - "Mary's Place: Redeeming Spatial Practice"Fountain Commons & Livestream
Tuesday, October 310:30amMacRae Centre Red Sofa Conversation with Dr. Willie James JenningsFountain Commons & Livestream
Tuesday, October 37:00pmHayward Lecture 2 with Dr. Willie James Jennings - "Aaron's Circle: Rethinking Sacred Spaces"Fountain Commons & Livestream
Wednesday, October 411:30amChapel Service with Dr. Willie James Jennings - "An Accidental Christian and Intentional Witness, Philippians 1:12-18"Fountain Commons & Zoom
Wednesday, October 412:30pmCommunity LunchFountain Commons
Wednesday, October 47:00pmHayward Lecture 3 with Dr. Willie James Jennings - "Zacchaeus's Tree: Reversing Ownership"Fountain Commons & Livestream

About Dr. Willie James Jennings

Dr. Willie James Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. Jennings was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Jennings received his B.A. in Religion and Theological Studies from Calvin College (1984), his M.Div. (Master of Divinity degree) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Dr. Jennings who is a systematic theologian teaches in the areas of theology, black church and Africana studies, as well as post-colonial and race theory. Dr. Jennings is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race published by Yale University Press. It is one of the most important books in theology written in the last 25 years and is now a standard text read in colleges, seminaries, and universities.  Dr. Jennings is also the recipient of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his groundbreaking work on race and Christianity. Dr. Jennings recently authored commentary on the Book of Acts won the Reference Book of the Year Award, from The Academy of Parish Clergy. He is also the author of After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging, which is the inaugural book in the much anticipated book series, Theological Education between the Times, and has already become an instant classic, winning the 2020 book of the year award from Publisher’s Weekly, and being selected as a finalist for the 2021 American Academy of Religion Book of the Year in the Constructive- Reflective Studies category. And now Dr. Jennings is hard at work on a book on the doctrine of creation, tentatively entitled, “Reframing the World.”

In addition to being a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and seminaries, Dr. Jennings is also a regular workshop leader at pastor conferences. He is also a consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and for the Association of Theological Schools.

He served along with his wife, the Reverend Joanne L. Browne Jennings as associate ministers at the Mount Level Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, and for many years, they served together as interim pastors for several Presbyterian and Baptist churches in North Carolina. They are the parents of two wonderful daughters, Njeri and Safiya Jennings.

About the Hayward Lectures

Established and endowed in 1964 by Constance Hayward of Wolfville, the Hayward Lectures provide academic dialogue in order to stimulate critical engagement and reflection on key and emerging ideas in Church History, Christian Theology, and Biblical Studies.

Under the leadership of Dr. Danny Zacharias, the Hayward Lectures advances its vision by inviting world-class scholars to Acadia in the aforementioned disciplines to address the community each October on their freshest work and emerging or disruptive ideas in the formats of lecture, conversation, and writing.


October 2, 2023
October 4, 2023
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