6:00 PM – 6:50 PM, December 10th, 2016
Join us and our panel of religious scholars for an in-depth exploration of how religion has historically informed state policy, the interplay of religious politics in the 16th century, how they resonate with our current historical and political moment, and the incredible impact the King James Bible has had on the world as we know it! The panel will include Chris Chapman of First Baptist Salisbury Street, Winston Charles, Retired Head Minister of Christ Church and Bernie Cochran, Retired Professor of Religion at Meredith College.
Chris Chapman, Pastor of First Baptist Salisbury Street
Winston Charles, Retired Head Minister of Christ Church
Bernie Cochran, Retired Professor of Religion at Meredith College
Chris Chapman. Since June of 2009, the Rev. Dr. Christopher C. F. Chapman has served as pastor of First Baptist Church on Salisbury Street. He is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. He is married to the former Dana White and has a son, Ian (23), and a daughter, Margaret (18). Prior to coming to Raleigh, Chris served other churches in North Carolina (Winston-Salem and Warrenton), Virginia (Richmond and Danville), and Kentucky (Louisville). He has a long history of community involvement especially in regard to multicultural relationships, interfaith work, and social ministry.
Winston B. Charles, a graduate of the University of the South, majoring in English literature, and of Virginia Theological Seminary, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1974 and served parishes in the Dioceses of South Carolina, New York, and North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. After fifteen years as rector of Christ Church, Raleigh, he retired and began his association with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, founded in 1973 by an Episcopal priest, Tilden Edwards, to reclaim the ancient Christian tradition of contemplative prayer and spirituality. Presently, Winston serves as director of Shalem’s program for clergy, Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership, that seeks to deepen the spiritual life of clergy, create mutual support among colleagues, and explore ways of integrating contemplative spirituality and leadership in the congregation.
Dr. Bernie Cochran is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Meredith College. He continues to teach adult classes at Meredith and at the Encore Program at NC State.