George Fox guest lecturer Keri Day speaks on Azusa Street Revival April 4

March 15th, 2019

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Associate professor of constructive theology and African American religion at Princeton Theological Seminary is final speaker in William Penn Honors Program’s 2018-19 lecture series

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University’s William Penn Honors Program invites the public to a free lecture, “Rethinking Azusa: If It Wasn’t for the Women,” presented by professor and author Keri Day, on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the school’s Hoover Academic Building.

Day, an associate professor of constructive theology and African American religion at Princeton Theological Seminary, will present a moving examination of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 to 1915 and powerfully weave her talk into the contemporary concerns of today. The public is welcome to attend, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Day’s teaching and research interests are in womanist/feminist theologies, social critical theory, cultural studies, economics, and Afro-Pentecostalism. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America (2012) and Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives (2015). She is at work on her third book manuscript, which explores how early Pentecostalism contributes to the religious and democratic imagination. In 2017, she was recognized by ABC News as one of six black women at the “center of gravity” in theological education in America.

Day received her PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University and earned an MA in religion and ethics from Yale Divinity School. Alongside her scholarship, she also engages public policy leaders and has been a guest political commentator on KERA, NPR, DFW/FOX News and Huffington Post Live on issues related to faith and politics. She has written for the Dallas Morning News’ faith and politics blog, The Feminist Wire and The Huffington Post.

A reception for those interested in learning more about the William Penn Honors Program will be held immediately following the lecture. Program director Abigail Favale will be in attendance.

For more information about the lecture or the honors program, call 503-554-2150 or visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Nancy Schifferdecker
Executive Assistant, College of Christian Studies
George Fox University


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