Earl Lectures 2007 - Bernice Powell Jackson

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Bernice Powell Jackson

"Hope, for Christians, can never just be a word – it must become an action. Hope for Christians must be a public commitment to follow Jesus in the non-violent struggle for justice and peace. Hope for Christians must be a public sharing of the love of Jesus. Hope for Christians must be a public witnessing to the power of love to overcome hate, to overcome cynicism, to overcome war, to overcome death itself.

So, tonight, we pray. Tonight we march. Tonight we love. And in doing so, we hope. Because hope does not disappoint us."

- Bernice Powell Jackson, from a talk given on March 16, 2007 "Christian Peace Witness for Iraq" service

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Bernice Powell Jackson gave an hour-long Lecture on January 24, 2007. Listen to the lecture here: 



    Besides serving as Pastor of First United Church of Tampa, the Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson also serves as president of the North American region of the World Council of Churches. She previously served as Interim Pastor in New Port Richey, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina.  She has been an activist on behalf of human and civil rights, women’s rights, and has been an advocate for peace with justice around the world for more than three decades.

    Serving on the UCC national staff for nearly two decades, Dr. Jackson was the founding Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries and one of the five officers of the denomination.  She also served as the Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice.  Prior to that, she served as the director of the Bishop Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund, where she also was the Archbishop’s U.S. representative. 

    Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University School of Journalism and Union Theological Seminary and received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from Defiance College and the Florida Center for Theological Studies.  She is married to Dr. Franklyn Jackson, a retired school administrator.


    Bernice Powell Jackson at the World Council of Churches (text)
    Bernice Powell Jackson's keynote address to the CT UCC Annual Meeting, 2002 (text)
    Bernice Powell Jackson speaking on "doing justice" (video)