As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Geneva College invites the campus and surrounding community to hear Dr. Luke Powery on Monday, January 17 in John White Chapel at 7:30 p.m. His theme is the use and power of Negro spirituals as historical narrative.
Dr. Luke Powery is a member of the executive lectionary team for The African American Lectionary, a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., as well as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. After receiving his bachelor of arts in music with a vocal concentration from Stanford University, Dr. Powery earned his master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds a doctor of theology degree from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.
His most recent publication is Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, an exploration of the relationship between lament and celebration in preaching drawing from African American traditions. Dr. Powery has written and contributed to other articles and books that include “Lament: Homiletical Groans in the Spirit,” and “Holy Spirit/Passion,” published in New Interpreter’s Bible Handbook of Preaching.
Dr. Powery’s interests are widespread, including preaching, speech performance studies and culture–especially the culture and displacement of the African people. He currently teaches courses that explore the relationship between preaching and the Holy Spirit as well as the link between social witnessing and corporate worship practices.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).
Geneva graduates have an 80% acceptance rate when applying for entrance to medical school–well above the national average.