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Liberating Theologies Speaker Series
October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The NC Council of Churches is thrilled to be a sponsor for the Fall 2019 Liberating Theologies Speaker Series, a one-day event featuring theologians who share their radical, culture-shifting interpretations of Biblical texts.
Presented in partnership with Union Theological Seminary, this event is an extension of The Freedom Center for Social Justice’s “Do No Harm” initiative, which works with people of faith and the broader community in North Carolina to shift culture by uprooting narratives that cause harm through interpretation of Holy Text and other religious writing.
This year’s topics to be explored: Postcolonial Dimensions of Liberation and cutting-edge Emerging Theologies, all with an inclusivity framework.
The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union in September 2017. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street. Prior to Union, Dean Douglas served as Professor of Religion at Goucher College where she held the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion and is now Professor Emeritus. Before that, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dean Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. She is the author of many articles and five books, including Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Her academic work has focused on womanist theology, sexuality and the black church.
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan is William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality emerita at Episcopal Divinity School and the 2011 President of the American Academy of Religion. She has published extensively in Asian feminist theology, biblical interpretation, and postcolonial criticism. An internationally known theologian, Kwok’s publications include Occupy Religion (with Joerg Rieger); Globalization, Gender, and Peace-building; Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology; and Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. She is the editor of Women and Christianity and coeditor of Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement.
Reverend Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd is President Emerita of Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. She achieved this milestone upon her retirement from the Presidency in 2013, after 7 years of distinguished service. Prior to her Presidency, she was Director of Accreditation and Leadership Education at The Association of Theological Schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; and Academic Dean at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. In each of these positions, Dr. Boyd was the first African American woman to serve. Dr. Boyd retired as an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church after 40 years of service. She is now a proud member of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, California, where Bishop Yvette Flunder serves as pastor. Dr. Boyd is Founder and Chief Catalyst of Catalyst Connections Global LLC, a consulting and coaching firm, specializing in higher education consulting and in empowering global communities through leadership development, training, and coaching services. She provides personal coaching for senior administrators and leadership teams and professional facilitation for meetings, conferences and retreats. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific School of Religion, the Board of Directors of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools, and Board Chair of the Marcus Foster Education Institute, named for her late father.
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