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Dr. Tim Hartman and Dr. Ralph Watkins will participate in the Rwanda Peace and Justice Conference from July 25 to 28.

from Columbia Theological Seminary | Special to Presbyterian News Service

Ralph Watkins

DECATUR, Georgia – Two professors from Columbia Theological Seminary have been invited to participate in an important peace and justice conference in East Africa later this month.

Dr. Tim Hartman and Dr. Ralph Watkins will participate in the conference “Listening and Leading: The Art and Science of Peace, Resilience, and Transformational Justice” in the Republic of Rwanda from July 25-28.

Organised by the Aegis Trust, the conference will bring together internationally renowned scholars, peace practitioners, educators, policymakers and community builders committed to reconciliation, forgiveness, peace and transformative justice as a path to a stable and just future. They will seek to deepen their knowledge of the art and science of peace and to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tutsi genocide and the country’s rise from devastation to become a global leader in peace and reconciliation.

Hartman and Watkins are among a group of 20 North American clergy and leading theologians selected for this important meeting.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Professors from Columbia Theological Seminary invited to conference in Rwanda

Tim Hartman

Hartman is an associate professor of theology at Columbia Seminary, where he has been since 2014. He is the author of two books: Theology After Colonization: Kwame Bediako, Karl Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020) and Kwame Bediako: African Theology for a World Christianity (Fortress Press, 2022/Langham Publications, 2021), and has published articles in Modern Theology, Black Theology, and Cross Currents. He is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served in a congregation in Los Angeles and a new church settlement in Baltimore. He previously served as board chair of Emergent Village and Amahoro Africa. During his year-long sabbatical funded by a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, he was a visiting scholar at the Desmond Tutu Center for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Watkins, the Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia, is known as “The Scholar with the Camera.” He has taught at Columbia since 2012 and works at the intersection of spirituality, photography, documentary film, and social justice. He is the author of six books and over 30 chapters and articles. He is a speaker, workshop leader, and panelist. His television show, “Talk it Out with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins,” was one of the top-rated shows on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Network from 2012 to 2016.

He is also the producer/director of four documentaries: “She is the Pastor” (2012), “Our Journey to Palestine: A Story of the 43rd Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders” (2013), “Africana Theology and the Roots of Our Faith: A Journey Through Egypt” (2018), and “Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow.” (2023). He has been awarded a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant, a Collegeville Institute Sabbatical Residency Grant, a Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, a Fulbright Hayes Fellowship to study in Ghana, a Wabash Teaching Fellowship, and various awards and scholarships to study in Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana.

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