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5th Annual Paul Wattson Lecture

Monday, October 23, 2023

Delivered by Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
October 23

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Probing our Ecumenical Journey with a Pan African, Women of Faith, Multigenerational Lens

The lecture will honour and probe the ancient and modern leadership of Pan African Women of Faith in the Christian movement of unity, justice, and mission in a forthcoming book by the lecturer. The lecture will focus on a multi-generational framework that rewrites the ecumenical narrative with the contributions of these hidden sheroes of the Christian faith from a Pan African lens. Such a presentation and discussion are timely for this season of a changing and changed landscape of Christianity’s rise and growth in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and their diaspora communities in the global South and North.

About the Presenter

Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith will present the annual Paul Wattson Lecture, sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.  Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith serves as the strategist for Pan-African, Orthodox and Ecumenical Faith Engagement at Bread for the World. She was recently elected to be one of the eight regional presidents of the World Council of Churches from North America in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has also served as ecumenical representative for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. She is the president of Historic Black Churches at Christian Churches Together (CCT) USA and has served in governance roles with the National Council of Churches. Walker-Smith has received leadership awards from Yale University Divinity School and Kent State University. In 2022, she was awarded the Figel Award for Ecumenism by the Washington Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C. Walker-Smith earned a doctorate degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is former executive director/minister of the Church Council in Greater Indianapolis, Indiana and Church Council in Trenton, NJ.

About The Paul Wattson Lecture Series

This yearly lecture, sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and Catholic Theological Union, honors Graymoor founder, Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, and focuses on ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and understanding as an important part of the mission to which Fr. Paul devoted his life.


For more information and to register for the event, please visit this registration page on the CTU website.  The event will be presented both in-person and online via livestream.  It will begin at 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT on Monday, October 23.


Monday, October 23, 2023
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Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute


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