South African Episcopal Priest Robert V. Taylor speaks Nov. 1
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) – Nationally-recognized author, speaker, and openly gay Episcopal priest, Robert V. Taylor, will speak Nov. 1at 7 p.m. on Faith and the LGBT Community at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center’s Oval Theater.
Taylor’s newly-released book, A New Way to be Human, has been highly acclaimed by such notables as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, MD and others, and offers a path to an integrated life of purpose.
Born and raised in South Africa, Taylor saw firsthand the difference that could be made when oppressed people are given the freedom to discover their voices, trust their imaginations, and find the courage to be who they are. These experiences deeply empowered him, transforming his life.
As a young adult, Robert worked tirelessly to end apartheid. In 1980 his mentor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu sent Robert to the United States to avoid imprisonment for his anti-apartheid activity.
He graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa, and completed graduate work at Union Theological Seminary, New York, eventually becoming the highest-ranking openly gay clergy person in the Episcopal church at the time.
This community event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Equality Florida, The USF Libraries, and USF Pride Alliance.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. It ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, and serves 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.