Race, Gender, and the Imago Dei

The 2018 Schaff Memorial Lectures


Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, will present the annual Schaff Lectures May 1-2, 2018. She will speak on the topic of "Race, Gender, and the Imago Dei" during this two-day event (May 1 in Youngstown, Ohio, and May 2 in Pittsburgh). All events are free and open to the public. You are also invited to join us for dinner. Advance reservations and payment are requested (see registration link below).


Tues., May 1, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio
Call 330-744-4307 for dinner reservations.

  • 4:00 p.m. Seminar 
  • 7:00 p.m. Public Lecture

Wed., May 2, 2018 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • 4:30 p.m. Lecture  "Until All of Us Are Free: How Racial Reconciliation Fails Black Women"
    This lecture will explore how the Christian racial reconciliation movement has failed Black women and other women of color through its patriarchal bias and single-axis thinking about race. It demonstrates how intersectionality theory provides a fuller understanding of the dynamics of race and racism, and how they intersect with gender to impact the lives of Black women.
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner by reservation only; $15/person.
  • 7:30 p.m. Lecture "Tell the Storm I’m New: What Real Reconciliation Looks Like" This lecture will draw upon Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to articulate a womanist theory of racial justice and racial reconciliation.

Thurs., May 3, 2018 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • 11:30 a.m. Chapel  “When Their Sin Makes Us Hate Our Skin," Scripture: Song of Songs 1:5-7

Speaker Bio

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. She utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences. Her current interests include racial and gender issues in pastoral care, clergy self-care, Christian spirituality, and reconciliation. In her first book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength (Cascade Books, 2014), Dr. Walker-Barnes seeks to heighten awareness about the inordinate burden that the icon of the StrongBlackWoman places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African American women. Her second project will focus upon racial reconciliation. Her articles have been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the Journal of Pastoral Theology, the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Horizons: The Magazine for Presbyterian Women, and Geez. Dr. Walker-Barnes is a recipient of the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars.

Prior to joining the faculty at McAfee, she taught at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, N.C., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. Born and raised in Atlanta, Dr. Walker-Barnes received her bachelor's degree in psychology and African-American/African studies from Emory University (1994), master's (1996), doctorate (2000) in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and master of divinity from Duke University (2007). She is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Registration / Location / CEUs


Registration for dinner is $15/person. Chapel and lectures are free.

All lectures and chapel will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. Directions to the Seminary. Free parking is available on campus behind the Chapel and Library. Campus map.

0.1 CEU per lecture will be provided following the event to those who request them by e-mailing ConEd@pts.edu.

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For additional details, e-mail ConEd@pts.edu or call 412-924-1345.

About the Schaff Lectures

For 23 years, Professor David Schaff (1852-1941) taught church history at Western Theological Seminary on the north side of Pittsburgh, one of the antecedents of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Before beginning his teaching duties in 1903, he held two pastorates. He wrote extensively in the area of church history and co-edited the well-known and often consulted Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia. He completed the unfinished work of his father, Philip, who had begun the History of the Christian Church before his death. Dr. Schaff also wrote two additional books on the life of John Hus.

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