Dean Of Duke University Chapel To Speak On African-American Spirituals Wednesday

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Reverend Dr. Luke Powery
The Reverend Dr. Luke Powery

The Reverend Dr. Luke Powery will present "I’m Gonna Sing! The Faith and Music of the Unknown Black Bards" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Lee University Chapel as part of the 2012-2013 Arts and Cultures Series. 

This second event in the Arts and Culture Series is presented in conjunction with Lee University’s Humanities Coalition, the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities, and the Faculty Diversity Committee.

Dr. Powery’s lecture will be an interactive combination of spoken and sung word focusing on the historical context, spiritual themes, and musical influence of African American spirituals.

The evening will open with a performance by Lee music faculty Dr. Andrea Dismukes and Dr. John Wykoff.  The duo will perform Dr. Wykoff’s new arrangement of the spiritual “Give Me Jesus.”

Dr. Powery will also speak in the Conn Center on Thursday at 10:40 a.m., Lee’s regularly scheduled chapel service.

Dr. Powery is the dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He received his ThD from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his BA in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University. 

His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He is the author of “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching” and “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope.” 

In 2008, The African American Pulpit named Dr. Powery as one of "20 to Watch," an honor given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future direction of the church.

The Arts & Culture Series is intended to facilitate a conversation between artists, thinkers, and students about the complex relationship between art and faith. 

Lee University faculty, students, and members of the community are encouraged to attend both services.

For more information, contact the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities at 614-8137 or email mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu.

Snow Hill Elementary Upcoming Events

Snow Hill Elementary is having a Health and Safety Awareness meeting Oct 28 at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone who is health and safety related or health and safety vendors are invited to intend.  Contact Sammy Sedman for information at 423-344-1456.   The school is also having a Book-Fair and Chili Cook Off  on Oct 3.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Chili and Best ... (click for more)

Senator Mike Bell Speaks At Cleveland State For Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day , Cleveland State Community College invited State Senator Mike Bell to speak to American History students on Wednesday. Senator Bell spoke on the Constitution and his role as an elected representative. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and ... (click for more)

EPB Says "Close To A Wash" On City Street Light Billing

EPB President Harold DePriest denied Wednesday that EPB owes the city over $1 million on street light billing. He stated,  “EPB has never said that we owe the city $1.2 million. When all the facts are taken into account, the financial difference is close to a wash.” Mr. DePriest said, "I regret that this complicated issue has been oversimplified in some reports. As we’ve ... (click for more)

New Red Bank Zoning Ordinance Is Ready For Review

The new Red Bank zoning ordinance is ready for review, City Manager Randall Smith said Tuesday night. It can be seen on www.redbanktn.gov and the link to zoning regulations. The new ordinance will replace one that was created 30 years ago.    The plan will encompass both residential and commercial development and is intended to direct ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study? - And Response

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Aunt Martha

During my first year at Ole Miss, I was so distracted by the stunning coeds on campus that I paid too much attention to the wrong kind of figures. I ended up flubbing a math class, which at the time was most serious and potentially deadly for an American boy. It meant I didn't have enough credit hours to avoid the draft and in almost no time I got a red, gut-retching postcard that ... (click for more)