Listen to my new episode The Black Church-Practical Theology: Rev Dr Gregory E Thomas at http://tobtr.com/s/3673945. #BlogTalkRadio
This week I interview my uncle, the Reverend Dr. Gregory E. Thomas has pastored the historic, Calvary Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA for 22 years. Since coming to the predominately African-American 140-year-old church, he has grown the membership, acquired new property, revamped Christian education and initiated ministries of spirituality. He initiated a revamped scholarship program for high school graduates pursuing higher education; instituted food ministries to combat hunger throughout the Merrimac Valley; started a nonprofit development corporation dedicated to taking the mission of the church outside of its walls, and created the Reverend Dr. Gregory E. Thomas African American Church Lecture Series. A native of Cleveland, OH, he entered the preaching ministry in 1980 in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate study in history in 1970 from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he was a star football player. He received his master’s degree in theological studies in 1989 from Harvard Divinity School and his doctorate of ministry in 2001 from Boston University School of Theology. He is a doctoral candidate at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in practical theology. Dr. Thomas has taught at Goethe University, Harvard Divinity School, Gordon Conwell Seminary and Leslie College. He has written for the American Baptist Quarterly, the National Baptist Voice and has contributed to several books. He is married to the former Janie R. McMillian & has two adult children, Staff Sgt. Eli D. Lavelanet & Jennifer L. Thomas. Dr. Thomas has served on many boards, including the Haverhill Housing Partnership, the former Bradford College, Habitat for Humanity in Greater Lawrence, the United Baptist Convention of MA, RI and NH and as Advisor to The Center for Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology.
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Good news, friends, family, and followers:
Edwin Mellen Press, the publisher of my book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Love is now offering my book in soft-cover for half the price: $43.29 USD. It’s a heck of bargain considering the fact that the hardcover is $119 USD. So how do you get it? Well, until Mellen Press starts offering it online at Amazon or on their site, you have to call and ask, though I’m betting if enough people ask, they’ll relent and get on board with market demand much faster. Meanwhile, here’s the contact name and phone number:
Ms. Irene Miller
Be sure to let her know you found out the good news about getting my book soft-cover from me, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin.
A gentle reminder to submit an abstract for this fascinating conference…
Dr. Randall Horton, Assistant Professor of English at University of New Haven, hails from Birmingham, AL, and is a former recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. His first book The Definition of Place was a finalist for the Main Street Rag Book Award and was published in their Editor’s Select Series in 2006. Dr. Horton is the current poetry editor of Reverie: Midwest African American Literature and co-editor of Fingernails Across the Chalkboard Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDs from the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007). He is also the editor of four children anthologies. He received his undergraduate education at both Howard Univ and Univ of DC (B.A. English). He has a MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Chicago State Univ and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Albany. He is a Cave Canem fellow and his poems, fiction and nonfiction appear in Motif: Writing by Ear, Mosaic, Black Renaissance, Crab Orchard Review and The Red Clay Review. He is currently working on critical essays that explore the impact of cultural memory and trauma-poetry and poetics. He is on a Poetry Panel at the CBC Conference-WEWCC, Sept 21.