Fuller Theological Seminary to Host Symposium On “Black Public Theology”

Dr. Martin Luther King’s first visits to Southern California included Missionary Baptist Church and Caltech in Pasadena. Some 60 years later our nation appears to be just as divided and Dr. Vincent Lloyd argued in his book Black Natural Law “that from Frederick Douglass to Anna Julia Cooper to Dr. King, religious ideas about God’s law…offered a powerful tool to challenge the ideology of white supremacy.”

In an era of Black Lives Matter, a symposium at Fuller Theological Seminary will engage “Black Theology” with the popular political and civic experience of the Black Church and community, demonstrating that Black Theology Matters in ways that are “right on time” for the nation and this age.

The Black Public Theology symposium is scheduled to take place takes place Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 13, 2018 on the Fuller campus to engage black scholars, black church practitioners and community in conversation about race and other issues in America.

Registration and details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-public-theology-and-race-in-america-tickets-48925165487.

Organizers said this will be a meeting for those committed to their faith, their community and justice. The symposium brings the black academy and the black church together with a series of presentations spanning righteous, Christian justice fighters like Martin L. King, Jr. and James Forbes to “defeating whiteness,” bridging gaps that have divided them far too long. The symposium will delve into the voices of black women in the church and their unjust treatment therein with a special panel titled “Black Public Womanist Theology: Reflections on the Lives and Legacies of Dr. Katie Cannon and Aretha Franklin,” among other highlights (schedule below).

Dr. Clifton Clarke, assistant provost, associate dean for The William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, and Associate Professor Of Black Church Studies and World Christianity, created this first of its kind program at Fuller with a top tier list of African American social justice seekers/activists, pastors and theologians as light in these troubled times.

The select group assembled includes Center for Public Justice Trustee Dr. Vincent Bacote, the first female pastor of the 119-year-old St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia and current Commissioner for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Rev., Dr. Leslie Callahan; Associate Professor of Religion and Society and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, Dr Valerie Cooper; Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University whose recent work explores the shifting understandings of justice and law (in politics, religious communities, and inside prisons) that authorized the United States’ exponential prison growth, Dr. Vincent Lloyd; National Director for Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign with the PICO National Network, a campaign led by hundreds of US faith congregations committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color, Pastor Michael McBride; co-founder and co-pastor of Twice Called Christian Center, located in San Bernardino, CA, Rev., Dr. Candace Shields; Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, focusing on black women and their voices in the black church context and the intersection of the social and religious, Dr. Lisa Thompson; and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture Religion Curator in Washington, D.C., Rev., Dr. Eric Williams, whose current research examines the meaning of religion within Africana histories, cultures and more.

SOURCE: Pasadena Now