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Upcoming Workshop

Proclaiming Justice: Affirming Abundant Health in the African American Community

May 20-22, 2015
St. Mark United Methodist Church, Chicago, Illinois

For the next three years (2015-2017), the Styberg Preaching Institute will be focusing on the theme of "Proclaiming Justice." This year, the Styberg Preaching Institute is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Cheryl B. Anderson for the first workshop in the Proclaiming Justice series.

As Christians, we know that according to the Gospel of John, Jesus came so that we may "have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). Yet African Americans sometimes struggle to see signs of abundant health in our lives and in our communities. During these workshops, we will identify the range of challenges faced and then, using contextual approaches, we will develop biblically based messages that affirm abundant health.

This three-day workshop will be feature Dr. Cheryl Anderson. Dr. Anderson is professor of the Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Her research interests focus on women and biblical laws as well as liberationist readings of biblical texts. Her first book, Women, Ideology, and Violence was published by Continuum Press in 2004. Her second book, Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation, was published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2009. She has also published numerous articles, in addition to lecturing extensively in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa.

During the last few years, Dr. Anderson has studied the Church’s response to the AIDS pandemic in the African American community and in South Africa, the country with the highest number of persons in the world who are living with AIDS. She has received two major grants for her work—one was from the Louisville Institute and the other one was a Fulbright award. Dr. Anderson is committed to using her academic background to help African and African American communities face this pandemic.


The registration fee for the two-day preaching workshop is $100 per person. Registration fee is waived for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students, as well as 2010-2014 Garrett-Evangelical alums, but registration is still required. For fee waiver code, please contact Shane Nichols at

There are a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact Dr. Gennifer Brooks, Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute, at 847-866-3888 or for more information.

A 0.5 CEU credit is available for people who attend all of the sessions of this workshop. The cost for the CEU certificate is $25.00 and can be purchased at the end of the workshop.

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St. Mark UMC is located at:
8441 S. St. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60619