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West and Jakes to discuss issues facing churches, Oct. 26

Renowned evangelist and author Bishop T.D. Jakes and Princeton professor Cornel West will discuss “Preachers, Profits and the Prophetic: The New Face of American Evangelicalism” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Princeton University Chapel.

The event is part of the "Conversations" lecture series, in which leading public intellectuals engage a faculty member from the University's Program in African-American Studies to delve deeply into political, artistic and social issues facing America.   

"This dialogue is an opportunity for many of us to hear and to process how these two towering figures understand their Christian witness in these trying times," said religion professor Eddie Glaude, acting director of the Program in African-American Studies. "It offers a chance for many of us, not only to endure the moment, but to respond to it with vigor."

Jakes is the pastor of The Potter’s House, a multiracial nondenominational church with more than 30,000 members in Dallas. Named by Time magazine as one of America's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals," Jakes has been heralded as a ministerial visionary and philanthropist.

West is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion and a prolific author. His best-selling books, "Race Matters" and "Democracy Matters," have brought into the national spotlight his declared mission of promoting racial equity and recognition of democracy as a spiritual force.

"We want a critical and respectful dialogue about pressing issues facing Christian churches in our time," West said. "The conversation should resonate across the student body, with church folk around the area and across the state itself."

The discussion is free and open to the public. Princeton University students should arrive by 6:45 p.m. and show their University ID to take advantage of student priority seating. Students also should enter through the student entrance at the side of the chapel.

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