Ruth Knee Lecture

The Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work: Forgiveness in the African American Religious Tradition

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
5:30-7:00 pm
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Lobby 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637

This event is open to the public and is free if no CEUs are requested.

Tuition is $15* for 1.5 CEUs.

*PDP discounts do not apply to this program

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Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus, Princeton University

Albert J. RaboteauIn June 2015, the murder of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist as they attended an evening Bible study class shocked the nation. The reactions of some of the family members of the slain amazed many as they expressed forgiveness for the killer. This lecture examines the long history of forgiveness in the African-American Church tradition, stretching from slavery to the present day, to help explain their amazing act.

Albert J. Raboteau is a specialist in American religious history. His research and teaching have focused on American Catholic history, African-American religious movements, and the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian Spirituality. Among his publications are: Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South, A Sorrowful Joy, and American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals & Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice.

The Lecture satisfies 1.5 hours toward the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.

The presenter will be available to sign purchased books.

The Ruth Knee Fund for Spirituality and Social Work was established at SSA in 1997 to support the development of content related to spirituality in social work. The Fund also sponsors the Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work.

Ruth Irelan Knee, A.M. '45, was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers and one of the first psychiatric social workers. Her work across three decades helped define the role of social workers in the public sector. Ms. Knee served in the U.S. Public Health Service during the 1940s and in the then-new National Institute of Mental Health, where she was a liaison for policy development and technical assistance concerning the mental health components of Medicare and Medicaid. During her 30 years of federal service, she developed social work roles within public health and military health care programs and advanced innovations and improvements in mental health services.

Ms. Knee was also a leader in several professional organizations, including: the Council on Social Work Education, the American Public Health Association, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. From 1963 to 1970 she was chairman of the NASW Committee on the Study of Competence, which was instrumental in setting standards for social work practice. Read more about Ruth Knee.

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