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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

Cost: FREE

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Stotts Hall
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

By registering for this event, you are granting Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary the permission to publish group pictures taken during the event on Facebook.


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.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins

The Reverend Jimmie Ray Hawkins serves as the director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C.

He earned a BA in social studies from North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); a master of arts in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Richmond, VA); and an MDiv from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA).

For twenty years he served as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, 1996-2016. During that time God blessed the congregation to construct a new facility, maintain ministries for youth people, provide meeting space for non-profits and community groups and experience church growth. Between 1992-1996, he served as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian, Holmes Memorial and Trinity Presbyterian churches in western Virginia.

He served as Treasurer on the Church World Service global board and as a board member of the National Council of Churches. He served as trustee on the board of Union Presbyterian Seminary. He has chaired several interfaith /ecumenical and non-profit boards: Durham Congregations in Action, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham, Housing for New Hope (homeless advocacy, End Poverty Now), and others.

His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its onset in 2013. He has participated in three actions of civil disobedience protesting the actions of the NC General Assembly to curtail voting rights, refusal to expand Medicaid, HB2 and others draconian legislation. He served as a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has been active in justice advocacy throughout his ministry.

He is the son of Elsie L. and the late James P. Hawkins. He is married to Sheinita Hampton Hawkins and they have two children: Kaela Renee and James Hampton.

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