Dr. Aaron Howard teaches faculty and staff about Kingdom diversity

On Monday, Jan. 2, Dr. Aaron Howard visited campus to speak to faculty and staff about the Gospel and Kingdom diversity, unity, and belonging. 
Howard currently serves as an assistant professor of ethics and reconciliation at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the founder and CEO of As One Christian Diversity Staffing and ConsultingWith over 25 years of experience serving in leadership, ministerial, and teaching roles in diverse schools, organizations, and churches, he is passionate about applying biblical truth and Christian perspectives to real world issues.  

Howard specializes in the theology and ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. He received his doctorate in ethics and society from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in theology and biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master’s in education from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He recently completed a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. 

“Having Dr. Howard speak to our faculty and staff is a blessing and a treat,” stated Jennifer Pinkett-Smith, director of diversity. “Dr. Howard’s energy is uplifting, transforming, and speaks to the mission of Wesleyan School as we continue to do work related to diversity.” 

Using many biblical references, Howard demonstrated that diversity and belonging was God’s idea first. He explained that any conversation about diversity must begin with the universal offer to be in relationship with Christ. 

“When we talk about diversity, we should invite the Holy Spirit in. It was God’s idea before ours,” reflected Howard. 

Howard referenced John 17, in particular, to remind faculty and staff of the importance of unity. Jesus’ command to be a united body of believers, just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are, shows that He equips us with the ability to reflect the unity demonstrated by the Trinity. 

“Some people say achieving unity is impossible. No, it’s not,” declared Howard. “Jesus gave us the ability to do it.” 

We are excited to continue the conversation related to diversity in division meetings and throughout the rest of the year and are thankful for the opportunity to learn from Dr. Howard.