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  Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is founder and leader of the private non-profit organization, Crazy Faith Ministries, which aims to unpack and teach the concept of faith in a way which empowers people and enables them to reach far beyond what they believe themselves able to do. She is the author of five books: Carla and Annie; From Calvary to Victory; Forgive WHO?; Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (second printing); and The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. As a member of a panel of theologians, scholars, and writers who comment on issues pertinent to religion, her work has also appeared weekly in The Washington Post. She also has her own blog, “Candid Observations,” which concentrates on the intersection of race, politics, and religion.

A former reporter, Rev. Smith worked for newspapers in Baltimore and Texas before entering seminary. She also served as an associate producer for WJZ News; as an on-air news reporter for WEAA, the radio station affiliated with Morgan State University in Baltimore; as a talk show host for “Columbus Today;” and as an on-air political commentator for a news magazine television program also produced in Columbus.

Formerly the senior pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Smith served as associate minister at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, studying under the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A Wright, Jr. She served at Trinity for three years before accepting the call to be pastor at Advent UCC.

Rev. Smith is a past co-president of BREAD, (Building Responsibility, Equity and Dignity), a multi-racial, multi-ethnic social justice organization comprised of over 50 different religious denominations in the city of Columbus. Under her leadership, that organization was recently instrumental in getting the Ohio Legislature to sign into law a measure which prevents pay day lenders from charging its clients exorbitant interest rates. She was recently invited to be a participant in the Oxford Roundtable, at Oxford University in England, where she presented a paper on the tension in America between the United States Constitution and the Holy Bible.

A 1986 graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she earned her M.Div., she received her BA in English Literature from Occidental College and her D. Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, studying under the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Proctor. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc., a social justice ministry which seeks to empower churches and ministers in urban settings to deal with the problems they face through training, resource development and acquisition, and changing of public policy. She was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity. . . . short bio
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is founder and leader of the private non-profit organization, Crazy Faith Ministries, which aims to unpack and teach the concept of faith in a way which empowers people and enables them to reach far beyond what they believe themselves able to do. She is the author of five books: Carla and Annie; From Calvary to Victory; Forgive WHO?; Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (second printing); and The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A . . . full bio

2017
The Failure of Our Sacred Texts to Quell Our Current Faith Crisis
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Bill Moyers, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith
Date: 07-11-2017
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