DreamWeek with Dr. Jerry Taylor + 175th Mural Dedication & Press Conference

Sunday, January 23rd – Service at 9:45 am // Dedication & Press Conference at 11:00 am

DREAMWEEK AT TRAVIS PARK CHURCH W/ DR. JERRY TAYLOR + 175th MURAL DEDICATION & PRESS CONFERENCE

JOIN US AT TRAVIS PARK CHURCH AS WE INVITE DR. JERRY TAYLOR FROM ACU TO PREACH ON “RACE AND THE MODERN CHALLENGES TO CHRISTIAN MORALS.

Join us on Sunday, January 23rd at 9:45 am as we celebrate DreamWeek 2022 with special guest preacher Dr. Jerry Taylor, Founding Director of the Carl Spain Center at Abilene Christian University.

The Center exists to conduct research on the historical and contemporary role of race and racism in the church and its Christian institutions, while heavily emphasizing spiritual formation by utilizing prayer, solitude, biblical meditation, and silence as methods to address racism that is often “spiritualized” in the hearts of Christians. Ultimately, the goal is to spark a rediscovery of a robust Christian spirituality that enables all Christ-followers to see human beings through the eyes of the divine creator. The Center is named in honor of the late Dr. Carl Spain, a former professor at Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University), in honor of his courage to speak publicly during the 1960s against the school’s then active whites-only policy. Founded by Dr. Jerry Taylor, the Center is a continuation of his work to foster racial unity within Churches of Christ and their affiliate institutions. Dr. Taylor has conducted numerous national and local events that brought Black and white Christians together to equip them to work toward racial unity. Through the work of the Spain Center, lines of communication, previously non-existent, are being initiated between black and white church leaders across the nation and multiracial, localized alliances that include area ministers are beginning to form and address racial unity issues in such places as Dallas and Abilene, Texas.

Dr. Taylor is the Associate Professor of Bible, Missions and Ministry at Abilene Christian University. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Taylor received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and went on to complete his doctorate in ministry at Perkins School of Theology in 1995. Prior to moving to Abilene Dr. Taylor and his family served in the Bankhead area of the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia. On top of serving as the Director of the Carl Spain Center, Dr. Taylor travels extensively speaking on college campuses, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of “Courageous Compassion. He has began many initiatives such as the New Wineskins Retreat, the National Freedom in Christ Conference, the Young Scholars Retreat, and most recently the Racial Unity Leadership Summit (RULS) and RULS Spiritual Retreat. He is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor formerly of Houston, Texas. They have been married for 26 years and have two children, Alisha (25) and Jeremiah (19). The Taylor family lives in Abilene, Texas.

Following worship, the congregation, artists, and press will meet at 11am for our 175th Mural Dedication & Press Conference.

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