“Things we aren’t supposed to know: what I learned talking with Bono, Bill Gates, Drew Faust, Tony Blair & Obama” was the subject of the Clifton L. Snidow Lecture on Christian Life and Work on Nov. 8. at Lynchburg College.
The guest lecturer was Dr. Robert Wilson-Black, vice president at Sojourners (sojo.net) for the past four years. According to the website, Sojourners are Christians who follow Jesus, but who also sojourn with others in different faith traditions and all those who are on a spiritual journey. They put faith in action for social justice.
Dr. Wilson-Black served for 10 years as a college and seminary vice president focusing on revenue generation, board leadership and organizational growth.
As an adviser to Crestivex Capital, Dr. Wilson-Black leads efforts to enhance investments using social responsibility filters. He is an author of numerous articles and blogposts, and served as an editor of the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Having earned a Ph.D. under Martin Marty at the University of Chicago, he has been a speaker at Northwestern, Berkeley, Baylor, Richmond, Chicago and various international universities including the University of Cape Town, during his travels to 60 countries.
His work has been funded by numerous national foundations and involves consulting with the World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution and Chautauqua. Born and raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he now lives in Reston, Va., where he attends UCP Christian Church (DC) with his wife, the Rev. Juli Wilson-Black and their three children.