Forgiveness, Faith, and Race with Bishop Trevor Alexander and Rev. Dries Coetzee
April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
Join us for a conversation to explore how forgiveness and faith have shaped, and continue to shape, race relations. What does faith look like in systems of oppression? What is forgiveness, and what practices does it require in the face of continued violence against communities of color?
Bishop Trevor Alexander was born in Romford, Essex, in England. Bishop Designate Trevor holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology (with an emphasis on family) from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), as well as aMasters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Oblate School of Theology and a Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College and Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently the Protestant Chaplain at UIW, where he also teaches as adjunct faculty. He is senior pastor of True Vine Church and serves as Southwest Texas Regional Overseer for the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches & Ministries. Bishop Alexander has published articles on matters pertaining to the African American community, and he has presented in numerous conferences locally,nationally, and internationally. In 2016 he was inducted into the San Antonio BlackBook Worship Hall of Fame, and in 2018 UIW’s Black History Month Committee presented him with the Alumni of Distinction Award.
Rev. Andries (Dries) Coetzee was born the youngest of four children in the rural town of Ceres, South Africa. After serving a year of mandatory military service, he went on to study theology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he earned B.D. and M.A. degrees. He has served Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches in Houston, Texas; Bloomington, Minnesota; and Wooster, Ohio. In 2016, Dries received the Lydia Thompson Award from the Wooster/Orrville NAACP. Dries currently serves as head pastor at University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.