The David Nyvall Lectureship

The David Nyvall Lectureship was inaugurated in 1951 in memory of the pioneer Swedish American educator who served the school both as teacher and president. The theme of this spring lecture series is the interpretation of the Christian message for the contemporary world.

2016 Nyvall Lecture

Speaking of God in Stand Your Ground Times

Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Wednesday, April 6
9:00 am–Noon
Isaacson Chapel, Nyvall Hall

North Park Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas for the 2016 David Nyvall Lectures.

This event is free and open to the public. 


9:00 am Lecture One — Stand Your Ground and American Exceptionalism
10:15 Coffee Break (Olsson Lounge)
10:45 Lecture Two — Black Lives Matter and the Justice of God

About the Speaker

Kelly Brown Douglas, PhD

Kelly Brown Douglas insetDr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Professor of Religion at Goucher College, where she holds the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion. A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Douglas was named “among this country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and counselors” by Essence magazine. She is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Her groundbreaking and widely used book Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (1999) was the first to address the issue of homophobia within the black church community. Her latest book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (2015) examines the challenges of a “Stand Your Ground” culture for the Black Church.

Dr. Douglas's other books include The Black Christ (1994), What’s Faith Got to Do With It?:Black Bodies/Christian Souls (2005), and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant (2012) which seeks to move the black church beyond its oppressive views toward LGBT bodies and sexuality in general. She is also the co-editor of Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection (2010). Dr. Douglas has been a pioneering and highly sought after voice in regard to addressing sexual issues in relation to the black religious community. She has been very active in advocating equal rights for LGBT persons.

Dr. Douglas earned her masters of theology and her PhD from Union Theological Seminary.

Previous Nyvall Lectures

  • 2011: Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and author of numerous books including Exclusion and Embrace (1996), Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), and Allah: A Christian Response (2011)
  • 2012: Ellen T. Charry, PhD, professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of God and the Art of Happiness
  • 2013: Scott Erickson, Nyvall at 150: The Founding President’s Enduring Impact at North Park
  • 2014: Fr. Virgilio P. Elizondo, professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame, and author of The Future is Mestizo, Galilean Journey, and The Human Quest
  • 2015: Jennifer Graber, PhD, associate professor of religious studies at University of Texas at Austin and author of The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America