Theological Lectureship

Gennifer Brooks, PhD

March 17-18, 2015

Gennifer Brooks



Proclamation and the Margins: Preaching Justice in a Global World

The prophet calls to those who have claimed a place in the realm of God to speak on behalf of the whole people of God. But the prophet is not alone in the proclamation. The voices of those who have been victimized; who have been given the name “other” and who have been relegated to the sidelines or bullied into submission, nevertheless rise to the heavens in an appeal to the God who is creator of all.

Details of presentations

Sermon in AMBS chapel service
Tuesday, March 17, 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

Lecture 1: Preaching to the Margins
Tuesday, March 17, 1:30-3:00 pm
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

The changed and continually changing society of the twenty-first century has resulted in more and more people and groups being marginalized and considered other. What does the Bible offer and how does one preach to people who are on the margins – the immigrant, the poor, the incarcerated, the victims of unending violence? What is the prophetic word that offers justice to those on the margins?

Lecture 2: Preaching from the Margins
Wednesday, March 18, 10:15-11:30 am
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

As the distance between rich and poor widens in extreme ways, how can the Bible be preached with integrity to those who are the privileged in society? What is justice for those who seem often to be the perpetrators or the beneficiaries of the marginalization and the victimization of those on the margins? How can the proclamation from those who have been shunted to the sidelines offer a prophetic word that represents justice for all?

Lecture 3: With Jesus on the Margins: Proclaiming Justice in a Global World
Wednesday, March 18, 1:30-3:00 pm
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

How does the Christian church and the preacher, as marginalized in a secular world, answer the call to be prophetic; to proclaim justice for the whole people of God? How does/should the Christian message change in order to be truly prophetic and responsive to the unending call for justice by the marginalized, the rapidly expanding segment of world society?

About Dr. Brooks

Gennifer Benjamin Brooks holds the Styberg chair in Preaching and is the tenured Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Dr. Brooks is also the Dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program.

She is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church, and she has pastored local churches in rural, suburban, urban and cross racial settings. She was Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Prior to going into full-time ordained ministry, Dr. Brooks had a successful career in corporate America as a designer and development manager of business computer systems.

Dr. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Business, cum laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University, a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. 

She is the author several books and articles, including Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts (Pilgrim Press, 2012), Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon (Pilgrim Press, 2009) Praise the Lord, a book of liturgy (CSS. 1996). She is the editor of Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon, 2012) that showcases fourteen United Methodist Black Preachers. She has written the lyrics for several songs in Zion Still Sings: For Every Generation (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 2007) and is completing Talking with Our Bible Sisters, 366 daily devotions on the women of the Bible.

Dr. Brooks has held many leadership positions in the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is a respected lecturer, workshop and retreat leader and a trained clergy coach. She is a founding member of Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church and a Hosier member of National Black Methodists for Church Renewal.