The Selley Speaker Series

Sunday, April 28, 2019

WORSHIP: 8:30 and 10:30am


Speaker: Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph.D.
Topic: Strategies of Resilience and the General Epistles

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About Rev. Dr. Aymer:


  • BA, Harvard University, US History (1989)
  • MDiv, Union Theological Seminary, New Testament and Early Christianity (1996)
  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New Testament and Early Christianity (2004)
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hood Theological Seminary (2013)


Margaret Aymer is a professor at Austin Seminary, teaching courses on the Introduction to the New Testament, Exegesis, and Greek and elective courses in numerous disciplines including African Americans and the Bible, and feminist and womanist biblical interpretation. Active in the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion, she has spoken as a guest lecturer at numerous academic and church conferences across the United States.

Aymer has published four books: James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God (Sheffield Publishing, 2014), Fortress Commentary on the Bible (with Gale A. Yee, Fortress Press, 2014); First Pure, then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass Reads James (T&T Clark, 2008), and Islanders, Islands and the Bible: Ruminations (Semeia Studies, 2015; with Jione Havea).

Prior to coming to Austin Seminary, Dr. Aymer taught at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Aymer has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations since 2010, moderating the six persons who write the Bible Exegesis Ordination Examination for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was a member of the Committee on Preparation of Ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from 2010-2011, training sessions (governing bodies) of local congregations on the ordination process and their responsibilities therein. Aymer was also a member of the General Assembly Task Force on Civil Unions and Marriage (2009-2010), and she served as a steering committee member for the Committee on Theological Education Consultation on Racism from 2004-2008.