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The Rev. Esau McCaulley to Give Whitworth’s First Emmaus Scholars Lecture

February 10, 2021

Whitworth University’s Emmaus Scholars Program and campus ministry are pleased to host award-winning author Rev. Esau McCaulley, Ph.D., who will give the inaugural Emmaus Scholars Lecture on Monday, March 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. 

McCaulley is a New Testament scholar and Anglican priest. He currently serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.

McCaulley will be speaking about his book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (Intervarsity Press, 2020). It has won numerous awards including Christianity Today’s 2021 “Beautiful Orthodoxy” Book of the Year. 

Reading While Black looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that the Bible, rightly understood and read from a decidedly Black perspective, can speak a word of hope to African Americans in the United States. 

McCaulley is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is also the host of The Disrupters podcast. His other publications include Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance and numerous articles and discussions featured in The Witness and The Washington Post. For more information about McCaulley, please visit

This virtual event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

The Emmaus Scholars Lecture Series is an annual event that highlights voices of Christian leaders whose work exists at the intersection of faith and justice.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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