BHM Wednesdays

Join us for a series of four presentations from five people who are making important contributions.

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 p.m. Online Only | Zoom

February 1
Amos N. Jones, Washington D.C.

Amos N. Jones, originally of Lexington, Kentucky, is a prominent Harvard educated civil rights lawyer in Washington D.C. and an active participant in YP's online congregation. Amos, whose family includes a number of outstanding African American Baptist clergy, will explore some of the themes that emerged from the pastorate of Vernon Johns at Dexter Ave. Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Johns was a pioneer of the American Civil Rights movement and the immediate predecessor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Dexter Ave. Baptist Church.

February 8
Carolynn and Sylvia Wilson, Clarksburg, ON

Carolynn and Sylvia are the owners and curators of Sheffield Park Black History Museum, a very special museum in Clarksburg, ON (south of Thornbury), which tells the story of African American settler farmers in Grey and Simcoe counties from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. The majority were freedom seekers who arrived in the ports of Owen Sound and Collingwood aboard ships that had left ports on the American side of the Great Lakes. Carolynn and Sylvia are active members of the Heritage Community Church in Collingwood, which was started by their forebears as a congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. You may have read of these two remarkable sisters in the opening chapter of American Refugees by Rita Shelton Deverell. We look forward to a very special multi-media presentation online.

February 15
Rev. Dr. Jerome J. Washington, Durham, NC

Rev. Dr. Jerome J. Washington is the pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Durham and has preached at Yorkminster Park on several occasions. It is wonderful to renew our friendship with this remarkable pastor, preacher, musician, and scholar, who offers leadership well beyond the walls of his church. Jerome was also a trusted friend and pastor of the late, Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, who was widely regarded as the pastor of the American Civil Rights movement. Dr. Taylor also honoured us with his presence in our pulpit. His theme: "A Brief Look at Spirituals" based on a book, by Howard Thurman. Dr. Thurman explores how protest and resistance are expressed in Spirituals, as well as how these songs have been a "spiritual watering hole" in his life.

February 22
Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley, Wheaton, Il

Rev. Esau McCaulley, PhD is an associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. His first book entitled Sharing in the Son's Inheritance was published by T & T Clark in 2019. His second book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope was published by IVP academic in 2020. It has won numerous awards, including Christianity Today's book of the year. His first children's book, Josie Johnson's Hair and the Holy Spirit, will be published by IVP in May 2022. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His writings have also appeared in places such as The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Christianity Today. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.

Dr. McCauley will be introducing us to his most recent book, Lent: The Season of Repentance and Renewal, which is being used by our Lenten Life Groups for Lent 2023.


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