Sponsored by the African American Student Group & the Hispanic Student Association
In the midst of an ever-changing landscape, the extreme political and social polarization within the United States has seemingly become the new status quo. For many, this is a drastic change of a place they once called home. For others, this is a time all too familiar to them and their ancestors. Whether at the Texas-Mexico border or at the crossroads of East and West Austin or even at the Customs and Border Protection line at the airport, people across this state from all different walks of life, race, religion, and any other difference are experiencing a rapidly changing homeland. This year, HESED seeks to explore this idea of a changing homeland, as well as what it means to us as members of a community, as well as our obligations in upholding our values during such trying times. Additionally, HESED aims to equip its participants with the knowledge and resources from the local community that can allow us to find hope through coalition building, and strengthen our ties as a community despite our differences, to stand firm in a time of unsettling change.
The event will firstly consist of a sermon and lecture from keynote speaker, The Reverend Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office of Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA) in Washington D.C. Additionally, the event will feature a panel of diverse community leaders and organizations, among them Justice for Our Neighbors, Grassroots Leadership, as well as faculty from both the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
The program will start with worship and a sermon on Sunday evening, March 17th, at 6:00 p.m. at Shelton Chapel in Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, after which light refreshments will be provided for attendees. The event will continue the next day, Monday, March 18th, at 11 a.m. which will consist of a lecture and panel, for which boxed lunches will be provided for attendees.
Date: Sunday, March 17 - Monday, March 18, 2019
Registration: Open to public
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Stotts Hall
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705
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The purpose of the HESED lectureship is to promote awareness and church involvement in the area of social justice, thus enabling ‘hesed,’ which is Hebrew for justice, lovingkindness, and mercy.