Kenneth Waters (171623)

Crenshaw United Methodist Church’s Men’s Day weekend kicks off Saturday, Nov. 7, with a jazz fundraiser dinner that features live music, and concludes with Professor Kenneth Waters speaking at Sunday service about why “Black Men Matter.”

“It’s a timely subject matter given all that’s been happening in the world these days in regards to Black men, Black women, [and] Black people,” said Dr. Charles P. Loeb III, who is the co-lay leader of the event. “We want to hear from a biblical scholar … how he approaches the subject of Black men and whether their lives matter or not.”

Waters is associate dean of the School of Theology and a professor of the New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. He is also president of the Pacific Coast Region Society of Biblical Literature, and author of “Afrocentric Sermons: The Beauty of Blackness in the Bible.”

On Sunday, Waters will deliver a powerful and profound sermon on the importance of Black men to the African American community. Each year there is a different topic presented during the program. Last year the topic was “Lean on Me,” which was about the importance of Black men supporting each other.

The annual men’s day program will also feature the men’s chorus.

“This is one day in the year where we recognize the contributions that men have made to the culture,” Loeb said.

The event will also include a Saturday jazz barbecue from noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday’s service will begin at 11 a.m. The church is located at 3740 Don Felipe Drive For more information, visit or call (323) 292-0141.