Gail E. Bowman grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, but both she and her older sister were born in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her father grew up in Des Moines, began his college work before World War II and was a Tuskegee airman during the war. But when he returned home newly married, and obtained his degree and teaching credentials, he was told that the school system In Des Moines would not be hiring any Negro teachers, veterans or otherwise. He found work teaching at Marshall College in Wiley, Texas; he and his wife moved there. Since the hospital near them in Texas was so unwelcoming in regard to Negro patients, he took his wife to her family home in West Virginia to have both of the children. After the Brown v. Board Supreme Court ruling in 1954, Bowman’s father was able to get a teaching job in the Des Moines system and the family moved north. Continue reading Dr. Gail Bowman: the incredible journey to Berea →
On September 22 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, Dr. Marcus Borg, an Internationally renowned biblical and Jesus scholar and author of 19 books, will present “Telling the Story of Jesus Today” during a convocation. This event is presented as part of the activities of the Accent on Christian Faith Week, sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center.
Borg’s views on Christianity and Jesus are informed by mystical experiences, the “holy mystery” as well as scholarship that led him on a spiritual journey from being a devout Christian to an agnostic to a scholar with a more mystical Christian faith. Continue reading Dr. Marcus J. Borg Convocation: “Telling the Story of Jesus Today” →