Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host Johnny B. Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Mon., Feb. 9 as part of the annual Kelso Lecture in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This event is free and open to the public. Hill will speak at 7:00 p.m. on “The World House: The Beloved Community as a New Global Vision for Peace and Justice.” A pre-concert at 6:30 p.m. features Anthony Jackson and Psalm 150 of First Baptist Church of McDonald, Pa.
Hill is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, and Morehouse College. A deep interest in the work of social justice and reconciliation has led him to participate in many projects aimed at fostering more intercultural and inter-religious conversation, community renewal and reform, and multicultural awareness. In addition to teaching, his work has included assisting and serving as acting director of the African American Student Affairs Program at Chicago’s Northwestern University. He has worked with numerous community organizations in the Chicago area on issues of housing reform and gang violence. Hill served as assistant pastor at Second Baptist Church, an urban congregation in Evanston, in addition to churches in Atlanta Ga., Durham N.C., and Philadelphia, Pa. Hill also serves on the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches, where he is involved with ecumenical and peace initiatives. Recent publications include The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Desmond Mpilo Tutu (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) and Multidimensional Ministry to Today’s Black Family (Judson Press, 2007). He is co-chair of the consultation for the theology of Martin Luther King Jr. with the American Academy of Religion. Hill recently co-founded the Foundation for Reconciliation and Dialogue with renowned theologian J. Deotis Roberts, where he currently serves as president.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 380 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.