Hicks teaches and researches broadly in the areas of African American religion, religion in North America, race, the body, religion and foodways, theory and method in the study of religion, Black and Womanist theologies, and cultural studies. Currently he serves as co-chair of the Religion and Food Group at the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Hicks is the author of the book Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is currently working on a second monograph entitled Feeding Flesh and Spirit: Religion, Food, and the Saga of Race in Black America (under review with UNC Press). In addition, he served as assistant editor of the volume entitled African American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO Press). He also contributed chapters for the books Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions (New York University Press, 2012) and to the edited volume Religion, Food, and Eating in North America (Columbia University Press, 2014). In support of his scholarship, Dr. Hicks has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, the Louisville Institute, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Wabash Center.
Christian Fellowship Congregational Church of San Diego (UCC) invites you to participate in The 3rd Annual Amazing Spiritual Race and Walk-a-Thon – a family friendly, interfaith, and community-wide event – to be held on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, commencing at 9:00 a.m. This inclusive event is designed to bring together the entire San Diego community to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship. There will be a $100.00 cash prize for the first-place winner of the Amazing Spiritual Race.
The 3rd Annual Amazing Spiritual Race and Walk-a-Thon is comprised of two different events. For those who want a high-energy event, The 3rd Annual Amazing Spiritual Race will allow teams or individuals (anyone younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the City of San Diego, using the Trolley (day-pass provided) to go to various locations of religious and cultural significance throughout the City of San Diego. At these locations teams and individuals will be asked to travel to several “pit-stops” to decipher the clues, find the icons, capture selfies—eventually return to the starting line where the photos will be verified – and winners announced. The race typically takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete.
Alternatively, for a slower pace, the Walk-a-Thon will be held simultaneously in Emerald Hills Park. It will feature a walking path, music, a prayer garden, food, exhibits, entertainment, vendors, Kid’s Zone and so much more. The Walk-a-Thon is designed to allow people to walk but still win prizes for the person who walks the most laps in the park. There will also be a bible-based scavenger hunt in the park.
By Rachel L. Chapman
“No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here” is the United Church of Christ tagline used by many UCC churches. On Sunday, January 29, 2017, that tagline took on deeper meaning for Christian Fellowship Congregational Church of San Diego, UCC, as the congregation voted to become Accessible to All and Open and Affirming. Obtaining the Open and Affirming designation will make Christian Fellowship the first predominantly African American church in the Southern California Nevada Conference to do so.
The Christian Fellowship Inclusion Team combined the two designations, Open and Affirming and Accessible to All to encompass inclusion of all of God’s children. The Team had been working since 2015 to provide opportunities for adequate, factual information through programs; conversations in various church committee meetings and theological information disseminated during Bible study, in the Pastor’s notes and from the pulpit, in order for the whole congregation to be able to make an informed decision when the vote was called. The motion passed overwhelmingly in favor. In part, the newly approved Accessible to All and Open and Affirming Statement forChristian Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC) reads:
As a community of Christ we believe that all persons are children of God, created in God’s image, and affirm the inherent value, worth and dignity of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities, without regard to one’s marital status, family structure, faith and educational background, economic and social standing, mental and physical ability, military or civilian status. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here…
The congregation recognizes that the passage of this motion is just the beginning and there is still work to do physically and attitudinally, especially regarding Accessible to All. The Church Building and Program Accessibility Audit, developed by UCC Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM.org) will continue to be addressed by the Trustee Board, various committees and the Inclusion Team. Although this will be a continuous journey, the desire and commitment to move forward was made clear with the successful vote.
So, make a plan to visit and worship at Christian Fellowship’s Sunday morning service or Sunday evening Jazz Vespers soon. You are welcome here!