The Dillard Forum:

Healing Richmond’s
Unhealed History

October 11-13, 2020

Featuring The Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell

Pastoral Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Author of Richmond’s Unhealed History

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Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell

Session 1

Sunday, October 11

7:00 PM

Virginia’s Original Sin

Session 2

Monday, October 12

7:00 PM

Seasons of Shallow Repentance

Session 3

Tuesday, October 13

7:00 PM

The Steep Climb of Racial Reconciliation

2020 Dillard Forum archive

Healing Richmond’s Unhealed History

Please note that these sessions were broadcast live. As such there are a few minutes of music before the session begins.  

Rev. Campbell was the guest preacher at Trinity’s 11:00 AM worship service on Sunday, October 11. His sermon was The Servant of God using Isaiah 42:1-4 and Psalm 72.

About Our Speaker

The Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell is an Episcopal priest and a Pastoral Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For 28 years he served as Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill, an ecumenical Christian residential community on Church Hill.  He is the author of Richmond’s Unhealed History, a study of the history of Richmond since before the European settlement.

Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell

Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell

A native of Arlington, Virginia, he studied Political Science and Economics at Williams College, and Theology at the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  He has a Master’s degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and honorary doctorate from Virginia Union University and Virginia Theological Seminary.

He has served three Episcopal parishes in Virginia and twice been on the executive staff of the Episcopal Bishop. He has lived in Richmond since 1970.

For 25 years he’s been a member of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission,  currently working to develop a national museum of the Downriver Slave Trade in Shockoe Valley, including a fully excavated Lumpkin’s Slave Jail.

He is Chairman of the Board of the Greater Richmond Transit Company. Earlier in his career he directed two non-profit corporations dealing with issues of economic development, race, and equity in the city – the Richmond Urban Institute and Home Base, Inc, a neighborhood low-income housing corporation.

He and his wife Annie have been active with the Richmond Public Schools for three decades – she as a third grade teacher in William Fox Elementary School and he on the boards of Communities in Schools, the Micah Association, and the Armstrong Leadership Program. All four of their children attended Richmond Public Schools.

What is the Dillard Forum

The Dillard Forum is a ministry of Trinity United Methodist Church designed to examine how faith communities speak to the 21st century. An annual event featuring a theologian or biblical scholar, the Forum was established in 2003 to honor F. Douglas Dillard, Jr. who, with his wife Marion, served Trinity for eight years (1981-1989) as senior minister and later three and a half years as minister of congregational care. An eloquent teacher and scholar, Dr. Dillard died in 2005.

Previous Forum speakers have included the Drs. M. Douglas Meeks, Amy Jill Levine, Leander E. Keck, Stanley Hauerwas, James “Mickey” Efird, Roberta C. Bondi, Brian K. Blount, Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, L Gregory Jones, William H. Willimon, Kristin Swenson, Charles Marsh, R. Kendall Soulen, Peter W. Ochs, G. Sujin Pak, Tom Berlin, and James Howell.

The Dillard Forum Endowment Fund provides the funding for this ministry. Gifts may be made payable to the Trinity Foundation/Dillard Forum.

Previous Dillard Forums

Want to learn more about The Dillard Forum? Take a look at some of our previous Dillard Forums below.

2019: James Howell

2018: Tom Berlin

2017: G. Sujin Pak

2016: Peter W. Ochs