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Antoinette Brown Lecture

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 40th annual

A N T O I N E T T E     B R O W N     L E C T U R E

to be delivered by

Ellen Armour, Ph.D. 

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Feminist Theology and Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender , and Sexuality, Vanderbilt University Divinity School


 Crisis in the Anglican Communion: Christian Biodiscipline (and Beyond?) 


Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Benton Chapel
Vanderbilt University Divinity School


As the fortieth Antoinette Brown lecturer, Dr. Ellen Armour will deliver “Crisis in the Anglican Communion: Christian Biodiscipline (and Beyond?).” Her lecture will examine how rarely does the consecration of a bishop in the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.) make national — much less international — news. But the 2008 consecration of the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.) did— accompanied in many cases by photographs, no less. His consecration proved to be a seismic event in the global Anglican communion. The conflict it engendered, political as much as theological, took place on a global landscape shaped by the convergence of Christianity and modern notions of sexuality, gender, and race/ethnicity. Taking off from two photographs of the consecration, the lecture traces the effects of that convergence revealed in this conflict and what we might learn from them.