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BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2016 – King University is pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr.
Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel, as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture’s 2015-16 Lecture Series. At 7 p.m. on March 1, Dr. Powery will speak on “Too Deep for Words: The Ministry
of Groaning” at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Va. The event is co-sponsored by the
Bristol Herald Courier and King University’s Office of the Chaplain.
“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is delighted to have Dr. Powery on the spring
2016 program,” says Shannon Harris, Ph.D., interim director of the King Institute
for Faith and Culture. “Dr. Powery is the first black dean of Duke Chapel, and is
a compelling and creative preacher. He is also very talented musically, and has sought
to spread the Gospel by recording on albums representing musical forms as diverse
as Christian hip-hop and children’s nursery rhymes. Dr. Powery calls us to attention,
and fits well with the King Institute for Faith and Culture’s mission to facilitate
conversations between faith and culture, having interests ranging from the Holy Spirit
and preaching, to worship’s relationship to social justice.”
In addition to serving as dean of Duke University Chapel, Dr. Powery is an associate professor in the practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity
School, Durham, N.C., where he has served since 2012. Prior to his appointment at
Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at
Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in Music with a concentration
in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological
Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.
Powery’s teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching,
worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora.
He has written two books, titled “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching,”
and “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope.” He is currently working on a co-authored
introductory textbook on preaching, “Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your
Time and Place,” as well as two devotional books of meditations on the spirituals
for the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.
Powery has received numerous scholastic fellowships and awards, including being inducted
in 2014 into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College
for ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society.
He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as secretary;
the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Powery also served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American
Lectionary. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black
ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church.
The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery’s lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Visit
http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute
for Faith and Culture at email@example.com, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.
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