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The daughter of a Methodist minister, Clara Celestia Hale Babcock was ordained in 1888. The first woman ordained in the Christian Churches, she held pastorates in four churches, conducted numerous evangelistic meetings and personally baptized at least 1,500 people.
In her obituary in the Christian-Evangelist, it was remembered that “her converts and acquaintances esteemed her highly for her strong intellect, clear presentation of the scriptures and effective appeal on behalf of Christ.”
Keynote Sermon at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference
Lisa Barnett is an Assistant Professor of American Religious History at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK), arriving in the fall of 2018. Lisa earned her PhD in U.S. History at TCU in May of 2017. She earned a Master of Theology in American religious history from Brite Divinity School (Fort Worth) in 2012 and a Master of Divinity degree from Brite in 2008. She is also an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The son of Robert and Kay, David Bell is the Minister for Indigenous Justice at the Center for Indigenous Ministries (DOC) and Yakama Christian Mission. In this role, David has helped guide the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to recognize its settler-colonist roots, repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, become more honest with its racist origins, and engage in action-based Indigenous justice.
Presentation at Tulsa Conference
Sarah Lue Bostick was among the first African American women ordained to the Christian ministry in the late 19th century. She labored as a field worker for the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions and the National Christian Missionary Society among African American congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. She carried on her successful work for over 40 years, until her retirement in 1938.
Raymond Brown held a variety of positions at the general church level including serving as the first Vice Moderator of the Christian Church. During his four year presidency at National Christian Missionary Convention he became instrumental in merging the predominantly African American organization with the General Convention.
Presentation at the Tulsa DCHS Kirkpatrick Conference
Reflections on Education in and beyond the Church through an Anti-Racist Lens: Toward an Epistemology of Inclusion and Reconciliation