Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation: Responding to God’s Justice Initiative

October 15, 2012

Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation: Responding to God’s Justice Initiative

The Sixth Jean and Parker F. Wilson Seminar

Saturday, October 27 (9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

William K. McElvaney, LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship, Retired, Perkins School of Theology

Presented by: Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School

Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX


Our seminar will embrace a sound biblical, theological and liturgical grounding for seeking and doing justice by centering on three basic questions. What are we talking about when we use the term “social justice,” both in biblical and contemporary terms? What are practical know-how strategies on the local church level for doing justice? Finally, how does God have our back as we take on justice issues with Christian idealism and worldly realism. We will distinguish between charity and justice, demonstrate the interdependence of pastoral and prophetic ministry, and claim that from a biblical viewpoint our most faithful praise of God occurs in the formation and practice of the sacred trilogy: do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Recommended resource: Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation.


William K. McElvaney is a long-time peace and justice advocate in both local church and the academy. He served as pastor of United Methodist congregations; as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City; and as LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship, Perkins School of Theology. Since his retirement he has served as Dallas Area Coordinator, Ecumenical Jubilee Project, through the Greater Dallas Community of Churches; Interim Minister, Midway Hills Christian Church; and provided leadership in establishing Northaven UMC’s monthly Faith Voices on Justice series. McElvaney is the author of nine books, including Eating and Drinking at the Welcome Table (1999).


Student registration is $5 and includes a light lunch. To register see Sandy Brandon in MOR 20.