Davis Lectures Series features Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested

Posted at 10:03 PM on Oct 7, 2018


Special to SVLfreenews.com

Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested is the guest lecturer for the 2018 Davis Lectures Series, which is scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at Grace Baptist Church in Statesville.

"A masterful interpreter of Biblical texts, her topic for the Davis Lectures, 'Uses and Abuses of Power: Biblical Women Speak,' could not be more pertinent for our times," Dr. Steve Shoemaker, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, said in a news release.

The two-night series is a combination study, lecture and dialogue from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the two lectures, Sehested will speak during the 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, Oct. 28.

A renowned minister, storyteller and teacher, Sehested is "one of the finest preachers of our generation," Shoemaker said. "A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, she received the prestigious Unitas Distinguished Alumnus/Alumnae Award from Union. She was a national trail blazer as a woman being ordained and serving as a pastor of a church. Her Memphis congregation was dismissed from several Baptist bodies because they had called a woman to be their pastor."

The public is invited to attend the lectures and Sunday morning service. There is no charge.

An ordained Baptist minister, Sehested has pastored churches in Atlanta and Memphis. She currently serves the Circle of Mercy in Asheville. She also served as a state prison chaplain for thirteen years in two high-security prisons for men in North Carolina.

Sehested grew up in Dallas, Texas, as one of five children. Both her father and grandfather were Baptist preachers. She received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from City College of New York and her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.

As a writer, her sermons and articles span a wide variety of topics such as spirituality and peacemaking, women in ministry, preaching, pastoring, and prison ministry. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines such as Sojourners and The Other Side.

Her guest preaching and lecturing has included many pulpits, seminaries and religious events, both in the U.S. and abroad. Sehested was interviewed by Bill Moyers in “God & Politics: The Battle for the Bible” and was also featured in the BBC production of “Sword and Spirit: A Six-Part Documentary Series Exploring the Cutting Edge of Christianity Around the World”.

Grace Baptist Church started the Davis Lectures series in 2002 to offer the community a concentrated study of scripture that includes current topics, serious inquiry and honest dialogue. Dr. Richard T. Davis, a retired minister and chaplain from Durham, led the first series. In honor of his efforts and commitment to the endeavor, the congregation named the Richard and Barbara Davis Lectures Series for him and his wife.

Sehested was also a guest lecturer for the 2010 Davis Lectures.

"Grace Baptist Church, an open and progressive community of faith welcomes Rev. Sehested and invites the community of Statesville to these lectures," said Shoemaker.

About Grace Baptist

Grace Baptist, located at 719 Club Drive, organized in 1970 as a unique expression of church within the Southern Baptist Convention. The church withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention in 1983 and is now aligned with the Alliance of Baptists and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. For more information, email gracestatesville@gmail.com or go to www.gracestatesville.org


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