“Why Courage Matters” will be the topic for a Lunch & Learn Aug. 29 at Abilene Christian University.


Jerry Taylor

The public is invited to hear Jerry Taylor, associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry and executive director of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action at ACU. Cost is $15. Registration will remain open through Aug. 25 at siburtinstitute.org/events.

The event will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center. Taylor will explore “the meaning of courage and its necessity as a legitimate response to the fear of social rejection.” The event is sponsored by the university’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry.

In 1984, Taylor earned a bachelor of arts in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell. He earned two graduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, a master of divinity in 1988 and a doctor of ministry in 1995. Prior to moving to Abilene, Taylor and his family served in the Bankhead area of the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia. Taylor travels extensively, speaking on college campuses, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of “Courageous Compassion.” He has begun 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, and they have two children.


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