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James Noel   
H. Eugene Farlough, Jr. Professor of African American Christianity
Professor of American Religion
PhD, Graduate Theological Union

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Biographical Information
James Noel, Professor of American Religion and the H. Eugene Farlough, Jr./ California Chair of African American Christianity at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is also a scholar, accomplished painter, renowned preacher, pastor and 7th dan Tae Kwon Do Master. Each livelihood informs and infuses the others in such a way that encounters with Noel are energetic when he is still and centered when he is active. Noel challenges boundaries whenever they threaten to obscure or resist truth, and students experience this in the classroom. His interdisciplinary method of scholarship aids students in investigating the ways in which culture creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday life, social relations and power. Noel has served as pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City, Calif., as well as interim calls at Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Calif., and New Liberation Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. His published works include Black Religion & the Imagination of Matter in the Atlantic World and The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections. Noel's play, The Black Experience in Poetry and Song, has been performed nationally and internationally. He is deliberately eclectic in his approach to painting and employs whatever medium and style suits his purpose for the particular work at hand. "No single style or medium can suffice for this aim," Noel explains. With a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, Noel helped create the GTU's Black Church/Africana Studies Certificate Program. Courses include Modern Church Histories, The History Religions and Cultures of the African Diaspora, and African American Social, Political and Religious Thought.

 
 
 

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