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Special chapel speaker on holiness and racism

March 3, 2016


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You are invited to chapel on Friday, March 4 to hear Rev. Althea C. Taylor speak about holiness and racism. This service will complete a three day engagement as the speaker for the 2016 Wordsworth Holiness Preaching series.

Rev. Taylor is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She serves as the executive pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene. Formerly she served as Coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada, providing resources for 194 Compassionate Ministry Centers. In her role she gave leadership to Nazarene Disaster Response and Work & Witness ministries. Rev. Taylor is a board member of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc., the compassionate arm of the Church of the Nazarene.

She also serves as a board member for Christian Community Development Association, CCDA, and also as a founding board member of Immigration Alliance, a multi-denominational alliance of churches mobilized to serve immigrants.

She holds a BA in Business Management, a Master of Science in Management of Technology and a Master of Divinity. Rev. Taylor previously served as youth pastor, administrative pastor, pastor for community outreach and is the former executive director for Bronx Bethany Community Corporation. She has served on the Metro NY District Nazarene Youth International council and as a visiting adjunct professor to Caribbean Nazarene College, Trinidad WI.

Her talks on holiness and racism come as part of an ongoing chapel emphasis this year on justice, mercy and humility grounded in scripture and the Wesleyan Holiness tradition. Reverend Althea Taylor is a gifted communicator, a committed Nazarene, and has a heartbeat for racial reconciliation which made her an easy choice for the Wordsworth Holiness Lecture series.

Due to the significant nature of the topic and the speaker, Intermountain District pastors were invited to chapel on Wednesday, March 2 and to a luncheon Q&A afterwards. The event was attended by 40.

In addition to speaking in chapel, Rev. Taylor spoke at Time Out and has been visiting classes and spending times with students as well as with NNU faculty and staff to share on finding our identity in Christ, being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit and living God-shaped lives in the world.

In chapel on Wednesday she said, “I might make some of you uncomfortable. My mantra has always been, ‘Get comfortable being uncomfortable!’ Being uncomfortable is the only way we grow. That’s why they are called growing pains.”

Chaplain Olivia Metcalf shared, "Our campus is being stretched to go back to our Wesleyan/Holiness Nazarene roots to deal with issues of race and the need for reconciliation. We believe we will find growth as the Spirit works in and through us during this time."

Photo credit: Dustin & Olivia Metcalf, Co-Chaplains