Upcoming Events

Special Guests - Spring 2020

Dr. Amber Cantorna

The Center for Theology and Public Life is happy to host Amber Cantorna, author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed. Amber will be speaking at 11:00 AM in Dr. David Gushee’s Ethics class, Theology Room 129, on Monday, January 27. This event is open to all of the community. Amber’s books will be available for purchase that day.

Amber will be speaking about her life experiences as she describes them in her memoir, including coming to terms with her sexuality in a very conservative family led by a Focus on the Family executive. For more of Amber’s story, go to www.ambercantorna.com.

Amber’s visit is part of our continuing efforts to serve a diverse and inclusive community here at McAfee, and to prepare ministers to serve effectively in meeting the needs of all God’s children.

All are warmly invited to come hear Amber speak.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

M.Div. 2007, Duke University Divinity School, Ph.D. 2000, University of Miami, M.S. 1996, University of Miami, B.A. 1994, Emory University

Born and raised in Atlanta, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and African-American/African Studies from Emory University (1994), the Master of Science (1996) and Doctor of Philosophy (2000) degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University (2007).


Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes taught at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida.


Dr. Walker-Barnes utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences.  Her current interests include racial and gender issues in pastoral care, clergy self-care, Christian spirituality, and reconciliation.  Her book, Too Heavy a Yoke:  Black Women and the Burden of Strength,  seeks to heighten pastoral awareness about the inordinate burden that the demand for strength places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African American women.  Dr. Walker-Barnes is a recipient of the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars.


Second Annual Student Research Symposium

March 25, 2020

Hosted at the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer Univeristy, Atlanta, Ga.