Lancaster Theological Seminary to Host Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) for The Rt. Rev. Dr. Nathan Baxter Forum for African American Studies

February 29, 2024

March 8 Women’s History Month Event on the Lancaster Seminary Campus is Free and Open to the Public

The trailblazing Democratic Congresswoman from California, Rep. Barbara Lee, comes to Lancaster Theological Seminary on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 5:00p.m. to present at The Rt. Rev. Dr. Nathan D. Baxter Forum for African American Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary. The event, marking Women’s History Month, will feature a wide-ranging talk on politics and peace, equity and race from a woman who herself has made history. The title of Rep. Lee’s remarks is “How Faith, Not Fear, Can Change the World.” The forum is open to the public.  It will be held in historic Santee Chapel and also streamed live on Zoom.

Rep. Lee’s visit reunites her with Dr. Baxter, a long-time friend. Congresswoman Lee credits hearing Dr. Baxter’s sermon at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral after the September 11 terror attacks with steeling her resolve to oppose the use of military force in the wake of 9/11. She was the only Member of Congress to opposed the authorization, fearing that it would “become a blank check for endless war.”

Congresswoman Lee is the highest ranking African American woman appointed to Democratic leadership in Congress. Rep. Lee serves as co-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Policy and Steering Committee. She serves as the chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, and co-chair of the Cannabis Caucus. She also serves on the Budget Committee and the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending.

Rep. Lee’s appearance is free and open to the public. The talk will be held in Santee Chapel on the campus of Lancaster Seminary and streamed live on Zoom. Register at

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Nathan Baxter Forum for African American Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary is named in honor of the former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, who had served as Lancaster Seminary dean and professor. He received a Master of Divinity (1976) and a Doctor of Ministry (1984) from Lancaster Seminary. Bishop Baxter also served as the Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where his sermon following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks helped to inspire Rep. Barbara Lee to oppose the use of military force following 9/11.