Bishop Talbert to kick-off Truman Barrett Speaker Series


Bishop Talbert

Event: “Intersections of Oppression and Privilege,” an Address by Bishop Melvin G. Talbert.
When: Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 PM
Where: Mudd Theater, Claremont School of Theology

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert will deliver the inaugural address for the Truman Barrett Speaker Series at Claremont School of Theology. The title of his address will be “Intersections of Oppression and Privilege.” The Truman Barrett Speaker Series is made possible through generous donations from the family and friends of Rev. Truman Barrett who graduated from Claremont School of Theology in 1959. Rev. Barrett faithfully served as a minister in the Southern California Annual Conference and then the California Pacific Annual Conference for almost thirty years. Before he retired he served as a missionary in Botswana for two years.

Topics and speakers for this series are chosen according to areas of interest to Rev. Barrett and his widow, Patsy. Melvin G. Talbert served as Secretary of Council of Bishops and President of NCCCUSA and attended every General Conference since 1968. In 1973, Talbert was elected General Secretary for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church and served until he was elected bishop in 1980 by the Western Jurisdiction. He was assigned to the Seattle Area and served eight years. In 1988, Talbert was assigned to the San Francisco Area and served until retirement in August of 2000.

In retirement Talbert was elected Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops for 2000-2004 and was President of Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) ‘02-‘04; served as Adjunct Professor for the United Methodist Polity and Practice Course at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN ’01-’04; served as Executive Director of National Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc. (BMCR) 2004 to 2007. He is committed to racial, gender and sexual orientation inclusiveness. He believes there is room at God’s Table for everyone.

The event is free and open to members of the public.