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Dr. Mark Gornik ’84 to Present WIC Lectures

Dr. Mark Gornik ’84 will present this year’s WIC Lectures on February 14-16, 2013. Dr. Gornik is the director of City Seminary of New York in Harlem and is the author of Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City, winner of Christianity Today’s 2012 Book Award in the missions and global affairs category.


“The WIC Lectures have covered issues ranging from the environment to the visual arts, politics to consumerism, and journalism to race relations in the church,” says Dr. Jay Green, professor of history. “This year, we are pleased to welcome distinguished Covenant alumnus Mark Gornik, who will be delivering a series of lectures entitled ‘Learning to Pray with African Christians: Ethnography, Theology and a World of Christianity.’”


"Christianity is growing and thriving in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while experiencing new developments in the West,” says Mark, who will also teach a one-hour course on theology and ethnography. “How can we learn about this world of Christianity? And how are we together part of this kingdom story? The primary aim of this brief course is to introduce ethnography as a way of understanding lived and embodied Christianity. Using examples of Christian faith as something communities do and experience, we will explore understandings 'on-the-ground' of Christian identity, prayer, conversion, and ministry in a variety of ecclesial settings, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. By so doing, we hope to explore the processes by which Christian faith continues to 'happen,' remaining dynamic and transformative across cultures and contexts."

The lectures and classes are free and open to the public.


Thursday, Feb. 14:
11:00 a.m., Chapel: Learning to Pray with African Christians

6:30 - 10:00 p.m., Brock Hall 118/120/122: The Anthropology of Christianity
Friday, Feb. 15:
11:00 a.m., Chapel: Relearning Theology from African Churches

6:30 - 10:00 p.m., Brock Hall 118/120/122: Perspectives and Practices of Ethnography
Saturday, Feb. 16:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Brock Hall 118/120/122: Voices, Dreams and Burning Bushes

This lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Women in the Church (WIC) of the Presbyterian Church in America. 
The views expressed by Covenant-sponsored speakers and other college guests do not necessarily represent the views of Covenant College or its constituencies.