The Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series
Established in honor and memory of George McLeod “Mac” Bryan, Sr. (’41, MA ’44) by George (’61) and Carol (’64) Williamson, long-time supporters of Wake Forest and early advocates for the importance of the School of Divinity. Bryan was professor of religion and taught at the University for thirty-seven years after joining the religion faculty in 1956. He introduced courses on feminism, religion and science, medical ethics, and black and liberation theology. He fought tirelessly for Civil Rights, pursued social reform, and was instrumental in helping to integrate Wake Forest College in the 1960s. Bryan wrote several books on social justice, including These Few Also Paid a Price and Voices in the Wilderness. The series brings preachers and speakers to campus who will inspire students to live and serve at the intersection of Christianity and social justice.
The Margaret A. Steelman Lectures
Endowed in 1998 with a gift from Standford L. Steelman, a distinguished biochemist from Hickory, NC, in honor of his wife Margaret A. Steelman. The endowment invites prominent lectures of Judeo-Christian theology to the divinity school each year. Past lecturers include distinguished speakers Susan R. Garrett of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Marcus J. Borg, acclaimed author and theologian, William Schweiker, director of the Martin Marty Center, and Edward L. Ryerson, distinguished service professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.