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Register now for 2017 Granville Hicks Leadership Academy

claflin-university“The State of the Church – Courageous Conversations in Remembering Our History and Seeking a Hopeful Future” is the theme of the 2017 Granville Hicks Leadership Academy, scheduled for Feb. 2-3 at Claflin University.

Rev. Dr. Granville A. Hicks


Registration for the annual gathering – which honors the Rev. Dr. Granville A. Hicks, a distinguished 1957 Claflin graduate recognized for his leadership as a pastor and district superintendent in the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church – ends Jan. 25.

Click here to download a registration brochure.

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston


Featured speakers include Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the S.C. Conference; Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary of the UMC’s General Board of Church & Society; Bishop James E. Swanson, resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference; the Rev. Dr. William Bobby McClain, retired seminary professor, author and historian of African-Americans in the UMC; and Bishop Woodie W. White, bishop-in-residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Rev. Dr. Henry-Crowe


The purpose of the Academy is to equip laity and clergy for ministry and leadership within the church. The academy will empower individuals with biblical knowledge, intellectual growth and theological reflection, thereby enhancing church development, renewal and mission outreach.

The Academy intends to:

  • Unite laity and clergy
  • Establish church leadership
  • Increase awareness of the role of Christian education in the church
  • Offer cross-cultural experiences within the church
  • Enhance church/university relationship

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1 comment

  1. Reginald Lee

    This is going to be an exciting conference that will look at the history of Black Methodist and its hopes for the future. We will look at what will be necessary in the next decade to recapture the imaginations of the masses. Susan Henry-Crowe along with Bishops Holston, White, and Swanson will challenge us to look prophetically into the church’s future. Rev. Dr. William B. McClain will help us to look at how a cruciform, evangelical, and liberation theology approach will be necessary to reach the masses of underprivileged person.

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