The Last Segregated Hour

We’ve all heard the phrase “11:00 Sunday is the most segregated hour of the week”, with the implication being that blacks and whites do not worship together. That was certainly true back in 1964 where our episode starts. Join Mark and Joe and their guests as we walk through this pivotal time in our history. We’ll address the climate related to racism at this time and how the clergy played a critical part on both sides. 

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Pink Palace Museum for their gracious use of their facility for this recording. We’ll be back!

Stephen R. Haynes – Stephen R. Haynes holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Emory University, the M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, an M. A. from Florida State University, and a B. A. from Vanderbilt University. Professor Haynes has been at Rhodes since 1989 and offers courses on the Holocaust, the Bible and its reception, religion and reconciliation, and religion and addiction. In addition to these subjects, he has research interests in Jewish-Christian relations, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the biblical justifications for slavery and segregation. Dr. Haynes was ODK Untenured Teacher of the Year at Rhodes in 1993 and SGA Outstanding Faculty Member in 1995. In 1997 he received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research and in 2001 was awarded the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is also a graduate of Leadership Memphis. Since 2016 he has directed the Rhodes Liberal Arts in Prison Program at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

Sean Lucas – Sean has served as Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church since January 2017. Born in Stratford, New Jersey, Sean moved up and down the eastern seaboard as a child. He graduated from Bob Jones University (BA, 1993; MA, 1994) and Westminster Theological Seminary (PhD, 2002). He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 2003, then served on the pastoral staffs of Community Presbyterian Church (PCA), Louisville, Kentucky, and Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) St. Louis, Missouri. In 2009, he became Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he served until coming to IPC. Sean has also written many books, including On Being Presbyterian: Our Beliefs, Practices, and Stories (2006); God’s Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards (2011); J. Gresham Machen (2015); and For a Continuing Church: The Roots of the Presbyterian Church in America (2015). He and his wife, Sara, have four children: Samuel, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Benjamin. In his spare time, he loves to run and follow the St. Louis Cardinals.

George Robertson – Dr. George W. Robertson earned his baccalaureate degree from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, his Master in Divinity and Master in Theology degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Historical and Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Before coming to Second Presbyterian Church, he served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, and as lecturer/adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition.

Here are a few books our esteemed panel have authored. 

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