Man Up Gathering with Chaz Howard

7:00-8:30pm Oct 22


Chaz will lead us through a look at the many Old Testament stories on crossing borders, particularly those in the book of Ruth.  While many of the stories refer to physical border crossings, we'll be examining the lessons for us as we engage with others in crossing emotional, relational, and political boundaries with a curious, Christ-like love.  This talk will also serve as a preview for the Nov. retreat.

The Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Prior to his return to Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts QuarterlyBlack Theology: An International JournalDaily GoodUrban CuspSojourners MagazineChristianity Today’s Leadership JournalChronicle of Higher EducationThe Huffington Post, and Slate. He is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, which explored new ways of considering homelessness and poverty, The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection and Lenten Devotional, Black Theology as Mass Movement, a call to theologians to expand the reach of their theological work, and Pond River Ocean Rain, a small book about going deeper with a big God. Chaz has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Graduate School of Education at Penn, as well as at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters. He sees his vocational calling to be to work for a communal increase in joy, peace, justice and love.