• Raney Lecture Series Presents

    Dr. L. Gregory Jones

    Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church is pleased to announce our 2020 Raney Lecture Series on March 13 & 15 featuring Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church is pleased to announce our 2020 Raney Lecture Series on March 13 & 15 featuring the Dr. L. Gregory Jones,  Dean of Duke Divinity School. A gifted speaker and author whose work centers on the nature of forgiveness, the significance of Christian ministry and pastoral leadership, and social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Gregory Jones is a leader and strategist whose creative engagement has helped institutions across the world to create transformational resource models. Greg’s global imagination has guided business, education, and religious leaders in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. Greg has a particular gift for incubating talent, ideas, and networks. He is passionate about re-shaping cultures within and across organizations and has coined the term’traditioned innovation’ to capture how he re-frames complex challenges to seize significant opportunities.

Greg currently serves as Dean of Duke Divinity School, a position he held for an earlier term (1997-2010). He also serves as Senior Fellow for the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Between 2010 and 2018, he served in a variety of roles, including Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs at Duke University, and also as Provost and Executive Vice President of Baylor University. He has also served in advisory and strategic roles with several foundations. He is the author or editor of 17 books, and has authored more than 200 essays and articles. He is known particularly for his books on forgiveness (EMBODYING FORGIVENESS and the co-authored FORGIVING AS WE’VE BEEN FORGIVEN) as well as his recent work on CHRISTIAN SOCIAL INNOVATION.

Greg is a United Methodist elder in the Western North Carolina Conference. He is married to The Reverend Dr. Susan Pendleton Jones, also a United Methodist minister. They have three children, all married, and three grandchildren.

The. T.J. & Inez Raney Lectureship established in 1951, was endowed by Dallas “Pete” Raney, Alton Raney, Robert W. Raney, and Tom Raney in memory of T.J. & Inez Raney, consecrated leaders in Arkansas Methodism. The lectures have brought the finest preachers from across the United States and abroad to inspire generations of God’s people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Members of the Lectureship Board of Directors warmly welcome you to the 2020 lectures!

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Schedule of Events

Friday and Sunday services are open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Childcare will be provided at all services March 13 & 15. Call the church at 664-3600 for more information.



Sermon Series: “Practicing Forgiveness”
Friday sermon:
“Love Made Me an Inventor” Luke 7:36-50
6:00 p.m. Worship, Sanctuary
Followed by Q&A session
7:15 p.m. Reception in Gathering Hall with hors d’oeuvres and book signing


Sermon Series: “Practicing Forgiveness”
9 a.m. – “Life in the Spirit”
Galatians 5:19-6:2
11 a.m. – “Forgiveness as a Way of Life”
Matthew 18:15-22
9:00 a.m. First worship service, Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Reception, Gathering Hall
11:00 a.m. Second worship service, Sanctuary