Presbyterians Today

OCT 2018

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OCTOBER Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay JUST LIVING T he Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a renowned womanist theologian and social ethicist who became the rst African-American woman to be ordained in the former United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), died Aug. 8. Cannon was ordained in 1974. In 1983, she became the rst African-American to earn a doctor of philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At the time of her death, Cannon, 68, was the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She taught, wrote and lectured on Christian ethics and womanist theology and was known for always giving freely of her intellect to educate and inspire others. Cannon was recognized for her outstanding lifetime contributions to both the church and society at the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, where she received the Award for Excellence in Theological Education. The award, which is conferred biennially by the Committee on Theological Education and the Theological Education Fund of the Presbyterian Foundation, is the highest honor in the PC(USA) for those who teach, lead and support theological education. Presbyterians Today remembers one of God's trailblazers for justice and shares the impact her life has had on those who seek to live by the words of the prophet Micah as she did: to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Remembering a pioneer and legend Rev Dr Katie Geneva Cannon -

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