The purpose of the HESED lectureship at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is to promote awareness and church involvement in the area of social justice, thus enabling "hesed," which is Hebrew for justice, loving kindness, and mercy. The theme, “No jUStice without US,” addresses the absence of life-giving justice for people of color in the United States. As attested from the brutal death of George Floyd, ICE raids of immigrants, and Covid-19 deaths, people of color have faced one injustice after another, from racial to economic to health to housing to food, etc. With this focus, virtual HESED 2021 aims to gather justice-minded people, activists, believers, and potential allies not only to define the injustices Brown and Black communities experience but more importantly to imagine together what justice should look like for marginalized people—hence the US. Indeed, it is when all people receive living-giving justice that we fulfill these words from the prophet Amos: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”(5:24).
Leonard N. Moore is currently the George Littlefield Professor of American History and the former vice-president of diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, who earned his BA from Jackson State University in 1993 and his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1998. Inside the classroom Dr. Moore teaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students in the fall semester in his two classes: History of The Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Trump. Dr. Moore also directs summer programs in Beijing, China, and Cape Town, South Africa, and in Dubai. As a scholar Professor Moore is the author of three books on black politics with his latest book The Defeat of Black Power: Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972, published in 2018. His fourth book, Teaching Black History to White People, will be published this spring. He is also board chair of the Austin Area Urban League.
Cláudio Carvalhaes - Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Carvalhaes is a former shoe shine boy who now is an activist, liturgist, theologian, and artist. Having earned his PhD at Union Theological Seminary, he now serves on the faculty there as associate professor of worship. He previously taught at McCormick Theological Seminary and Louisville Seminary, where, in 2009-2010, he received The Kentucky Metroversity Outstanding Faculty of Adult Learners Award. He has several chapters/articles published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, has three books published in Brazil, and his first book in English is Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality (Wipf and Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2013); his second is What has Worship to do with it? Interpreting Life Liturgically (Cascade Publications 2018). He edited Only One is Holy: Liturgy in Postcolonial Lenses (Palgrave, 2015). He worked for five years with the largest social movement in the world, Brazilian Landless Movement, and he is now involved with different social initiatives. He performed in Brazil, Mozambique, Germany, El Salvador and US. Learn more about him here: claudiocarvalhaes.com