On April 28, FPC Dallas will host the Reverend Dr. Stephen Sprinkle of Brite Divinity School as part of the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity. Dr. Sprinkle will give a presentation titled "Hand to the Plow: Activating Faith and Thought for Change."
"People of Faith today are seeking ways to advocate for a more just and equal society with an urgency not seen since the days of the U.S. Civil Rights struggle. This workshop will show how the separation of church and state, one of the most cherished American values, and the faith imperative of action on behalf of justice are not mutually exclusive—but are actually complementary. Attendees will learn about strategies for prophetic and pastoral action that does not condemn, but instead uplifts “the better angels of our nature” while challenging faith communities to stand up for marginalized people in today’s political climate.
Stephen V. Sprinkle is Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and Director of Baptist Programming at Brite Divinity School. A native of North Carolina, and educated with a BA from Barton College, an MDiv from Yale University Divinity School, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duke University Graduate School. He is an ordained minister of the Alliance of Baptists. Dr. Sprinkle was named 2010-2011 Hero of Hope by the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas and currently serves as their Theologian-in-Residence. He holds professional memberships in the Academy of Religious Leadership, the Association of Theological Field Educators, and is a member of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. Dr. Sprinkle is a human rights advocate, a widely sought speaker, and an internationally recognized authority on anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. His most recent book, Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims (2011), won the International Silver Medal in Gay/Lesbian Non-fiction, given by the Independent Book Publishers Awards in 2012. Dr. Sprinkle is an official blogger for the Huffington Post." (Courtesy of Brite Divinity School)