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Rev. Canon Edward Rodman Speaks on Inspiring a New Generation

Marlboro, VT—Ordained minister and social activist Rev. Canon Edward Rodman will speak on motivating the new generation to become involved in social activism in “Preparation for a Vocation in Social Transformation” on Monday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Littauer Lecture Series in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Canon Rodman first embarked on his activist career as a high school student, when he led the only successful sit-in movement in Portsmouth, Virginia. While a student at Hampton Institute (now University), Rodman volunteered as the field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and became a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  Canon Rodman served as an assistant to five consecutive diocesan bishops in the Diocese of Massachusetts over a 30 year period, and has spoken avidly since the late 60’s on black youth issues and the emergence of the Black Power. 

Recently, Canon Rodman was elected president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, after receiving the council’s Forrest Knapp Award.  Currently, he is serving on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, to which he was elected in August 2003, and is a teacher at the Episcopal Divinity School.

Canon Rodman graduated suma cum laude from the Hampton Institute in 1964.  He became an ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1967 and an ordained priest in 1968.  In 1980 he was appointed Canon Missioner at Saint Paul’s Church in Boston, Massachusetts and became a consultant to the anti-racism program of the Episcopal Church in 1999. Canon Rodman has received two honorary degrees, “Doctor of Humane Letters” from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and “Doctor of Divinity” from the Episcopal Divinity School.  

The Littauer Lecture Series, funded by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, focuses on religion. All Littauer lectures are free and open to the public and the Whittemore Theater is located on the Marlboro College Marlboro campus. The theater is fully assessable. Seating is first come, first served and there are no tickets for this event. For more information, or in the case of inclement weather, contact Public Affairs Officer Elena Sharnoff at (802) 251-7644.

 

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