wednesday evening speaker
November 3, 2021
7:00pm – 9:30pm
normandie church of christ
Los Angelos, CA
Stanley Talbert is the Senior Minister at Normandie Church of Christ in Los Angeles, California, where he serves in the legacy of Minister Carroll Pitts, Jr., and Sis. Bernice Pitts. Talbert is a Visiting Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is a PhD candidate (A.B.D.) at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, with disciplinary emphases on Systematic Theology and African American Studies. His dissertation, entitled, “Playing in a Strange Land: A Revolutionary Theology of Play” analyzes how religion created modern sport and how human bodies are re-created on the basis of sport’s theological anthropology. At Union, Talbert was one of the last PhD students of the father of Black theology, James H. Cone.
Talbert received his master of philosophy ('19) and master of divinity from Union Seminary (and Columbia University’s IRAAS) ('16), his BA from Pepperdine University ('12) and his AS from Southwestern Christian College ('10). At Southwestern, Stanley was a ministerial student, SGA President, Testimony and Summer Tour ensemble member, and Mr. Southwestern.
Talbert is the author of "Unveiling Radical Love: A Theological Reflection on Radical Love in the Age of Ferguson," in Reconciliation Reconsidered (Abilene Christian University Press, 2016). He has published articles on theology, race, and culture in the Journal for Religion, Film, and Media, The Huffington Post, Ebony, The Union Collective and the African American Lectionary.
Stanley is also the recipient of the Carl R. Holladay Award with the Christian Scholars Foundation, the Louisville-Institute Doctoral Fellowship, the Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship, the Seaver Faculty Fellowship, the Wittenberg Fellowship (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany), Union Theological Seminary's Hudnut Preaching Award, the Charles Augustus Briggs Award, and the Academic Excellence Award. His accomplishments in ministry and theological education have been featured in "Faith3: Active in the Head, Heart, and Hand," and Pepperdine Magazine. He began preaching at the age of nine.
Talbert is the graduate assistant of the Society of Study of Black Religion. He chairs the Black Theology Unit for the Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion Region. He served as the chair for Early Career Scholars section of the Christian Scholars' Conference, co-founder of Dikaiosune (organization focusing on social justice and faith), and a board member of the Justice League of Texas-based in Dallas. Talbert was a participant of the 2015 Millennial Leaders Project, where fifty young activists, leaders, and clergy across the United States were selected to engage social issues from the intersection of spirituality and social justice. Currently, Stanley serves as a core member of the Clergy for Black Lives in Los Angeles. He has given lectures and presentations across the nation as well as in France, Germany, Senegal, and South Africa.