TACOMA, Wash. — Rev. Dr. Burchell Taylor, pre-eminent preacher, teacher, scholar, and advocate for social justice, will speak at the University of Puget Sound at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Taylor’s talk, “Stepping Out from the Shadow of Empire,” is part of the series of Swope Lectures on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values. It is free and open to the public.
Taylor has been the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Kingston, Jamaica, since 1970. He is in high demand as a participant in seminars and conferences, and presents papers and leads studies all over the world.
Taylor has twice served as president of the Jamaica Baptist Union, was the Baptist chaplain to the University of the West Indies, is a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Ethics and Communication, and is a member of the Jamaica Council of Churches. He lectures at the United Theological College of the West Indies, St. Michael’s Seminary, the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, and the Jamaica Theological Seminary.
Taylor was awarded Jamaica’s Order of Distinction, Commander Class, for eminence in the field of theology.
The Swope Endowed Lectureship was established at Puget Sound through a gift from Major Ianthe Swope in honor of her mother, Jane Hammer Swope. The lectureship is intended to promote broad discussions, critical thinking, and ethical inquiry about matters of religion, such as its role in public life, issues in contemporary spirituality, ethics, and world religions. Past speakers in the series have included:
The Rev. Dr. James Lawson, civil rights leader
Karen Armstrong, religious historian
Michael Barnett, author and professor
Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Oscar Arias
James Carroll, author and columnist
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, author and professor
Morris Dees, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center