Theology News and Events, Nov 2020

What’s going on in the world of liberation and contextual theologies for November? Click on the ➲titles to open up more information and relevant links.

Online Talks and Meetings:

27 Nov 2020 @ 2pm GMT (9am EST): Panel Event: “Engaging Men In Ending Gender Based Violence” organised by the Anglican Communion. Panelists include: Jack Palmer White (UK), Domnic Misolo (Kenya), Bishop Maurício Andrade (Brazil), and Paulo Ueti (Brazil).

“Where are the men when it comes to preventing and ending gender-based violence? Why are men seemingly reluctant to raise their voices and act in this area? Anglican Communion Permanent Representative to the UN, Jack Palmer-White, brings together men who are actively engaged with other men to end GBV. Be inspired.”

Register at:

Rev. Domnic Misolo is the director of the Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE), formerly EFOGE, in Kenya. IFAGE works on gender justice and equality in sub-Saharan Africa through advocacy and empowerment programs targeting women and girls, religious and faith groups, community leadership, and youth organizations. Twitter: @directo78574673

R. Revd. Maurício Andrade is Episcopal Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Brasília, working alongside his wife Sandra. Twitter: @dommauriciodab

Dr. Paulo Ueti is a theologian and New Testament scholar and serves as Theological Advisor and Latin American Director for Anglican Alliance, as well as Assistant Director for Theological Education at Anglican Communion Officer. He is an activist whose theology focuses on creation and environmental justice issues. Ueti lives most of the year in central (cerrado) Brazil. He is a lay membmer of the Anglican Diocese of Brasília. Twitter: @pauloueti

Follow Anglicans for Gender Justice on Twitter here.

20 Nov 2020 @ 9pm GMT (4pm ET): Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network annual convening, focused on “Feminist Liberation Theologies on the Ground: Acting When We Are in extremis.” Speakers include: Rita Nakashima Brock (USA), Mary Condren (Ireland), Mónica Maher (Ecuador), and Kath McPhillips (Australia). Chaired by: Mary E. Hunt and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza.

This year’s addresses will look at a variety of local efforts that prioritize those who are most vulnerable in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, global economic injustice, climate change, and gender/racial/ethnic oppression.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in collaboration with the AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus.

About the Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network:

The Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network (FLTN) is a project of WATER, encompassing colleagues from all over the world. It emerged from the necessity to link U.S. and Canadian feminist scholars, ministers, and activists in ways that would go beyond denomination, tradition, academic affiliation, and/or racial/ethnic boundaries.The FLTN is made up of people who affirm each other as engaged in feminist liberation theological work, whether academic or activist or both. The group engages in conversation and common work, and interfaces with similar groups around the world. The FLTN meets at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion for discussion and networking.

Event registration on

19 Nov 2020 @ 9pm GMT: Seminario Virtual Internacional panel on “La question religiosa y el nuevo evangelismo neopentecostal” with Frei Betto, Leopoldo Cervantes, and Izett Sama Hernandez. Class 10 of the ‘Nuevas Doctrinas de Intervencion: Geopolitica y Imperialismo en America Latina y el Caribe’ series.

Watch the live video on YouTube here.

“En esta oportunidad trataremos sobre los siguientes temas: Iglesia, religión y religiosidad popular en América Latina y el Caribe. Católicos, evangélicos y neopentecostales. Teología de la liberación, doctrina social de la iglesia y teologías de la prosperidad. Neoliberalismo, colonialismo y neopentecostalismo. Los derechos de las mujeres y el neoconservadurismo patriarcal.”

Be sure to follow the ALBA page for more content like this.
ALBA Movimientos es una propuesta de union continental popular, antiimperialista, antineoliberal y antipatriarcal.
Twitter: @movimientosalba
Instagram: alba_movimientos
Youtube: ALBA Movimientos

19 Nov 2020 @ 7pm GMT (12pm Mexico / 4pm Chile): Teología Feminista (Facebook) and Theo-Sophiando host Facebook Live discussion on “Los abusos de la Iglesia Católica: Chile/México” with guests Carolina del Río Mena y Alberto Athié Gallo.

Watch the Facebook Live video here.
Follow the Teología Feminista page here.
“Espacio de reflexión teológica feminista que camina tras las huellas de Sophía-Sabiduría y su devenir ancestral, presente y futuro de los senti-pensares cotidianos de las mujeres”
Instagram: tras_las_huellas_de_sophia
“Descubrir nuevos rostros de Dios, así como imágenes y metáforas aptas para dar razón de la esperanza cristiana vivida por las mujeres en relación con los varones, en la diversidad de identidades como personas en relación y en búsqueda de comunión humano-divina.”

19 Nov 2020 @ 11pm GMT: Peniel E. Joseph on MLK and Malcolm X, with David Levering Lewis (Joseph’s dual biography is titled The Sword and the Shield)

Peniel E. Joseph’s dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, The Sword and the Shield, upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century’s most iconic African American leaders.

To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement’s militancy is either vilified or erased outright. In The Sword and the Shield, Peniel E. Joseph upends these misconceptions and reveals a nuanced portrait of two men who, despite markedly different backgrounds, inspired and pushed each other throughout their adult lives. 

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. A frequent national commentator on issues of race, civil rights, and democracy and a contributing opinion writer for whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, CNN, MSNC, PBS NewsHour, and C-SPAN, Joseph is the author and editor of six books on African American history, including the award winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Stokely: A Life. 

David  Levering Lewis, professor emeritus of history at NYU, is the author of King: A Biography (now in its third edition) and The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order (Liveright). His two-volume life of W.E.B. DuBois was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for both volumes of his biographies of W.E.B. DuBois.

Hosted by the Leon Levy Center for Biography. CrowdCast link

19 Nov 2020: BBC Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day” features Robert Beckford talking on Steve McQueen’s Small Axe: The Mangrove Nine

“Can we tell the story of black Britain in the 20th Century without a meaningful discussion of black religion? Arguably the most diffuse black ‘business’ network in the early 1970s context of ‘Mangrove’ is the black church movement. Also, do we miss some of the critical nuances of the Lover’s Rock genre without considering the Rasta and Christian backdrop to sound system culture?Like I said above, the series is groundbreaking (see my ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4 today). But I wonder if popular history, again, has missed a chance to consider black spirituality as an integral feature of black expressive cultures?”

Listen to the 3 minute radio feature here.
Small Axe: The Mangrove Nine is available for UK residents on BBC iPlayer.
Read more about the 2-hour film and the rest of the 5-part anthology on Black British history in this Guardian article.

Robert Beckford is

18-25 Nov 2020: AAR/SBL “Christ Among the Disciplines” conference, featuring Matthew Novenson, J. R. Daniel Kirk, Richard Bauckham, Chris Tilling, Fleming Rutledge, Natalie Carnes, Timothy Pawl, Rowan Williams, Thomas Joseph White, Ian McFarland, Kathryn Tanner, Richard Cross, Darren Sumner, Dong-Kun Kim, Joerg Rieger, Tripp Fuller, and William Willimon.

Purchase tickets on EventBrite here.

As many of you will have heard by now, AAR/SBL will no longer be convening in Boston this upcoming November. This is sad news for many, as the gathering is a time to reconnect with a number of friends and former colleagues, not to mention help up-and-coming scholars network with the leading experts in their field. Nevertheless, this was a wise decision made in consultation with the advice of leading medical specialists, and it is necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

That being said, we are hosting an online, interdisciplinary conference on the subject of Christology during this window of time (November 18th–25th). We are planning (16) book panels on recent publications in Christology from biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers. Each book panel will be composed of an interdisciplinary selection of around 4 world-leading scholars, most of which will be followed by a response from the author. There will also be break-away sessions with essays from graduate students and early-career academics presenting their own research on Christology.

Amongst many others, conference attendees will hear from the likes of N. T. Wright, Katherine Sondegger, Douglas Campbell, Lucy Peppiatt, Stanley Hauerwas, Kathryn Tanner, Richard Bauckham, Andrea White, Ian McFarland, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and Philip Ziegler.

This conference will also be unique in that the papers for the various book panels will be distributed to conference attendees in advance of the live event, allowing participants to familiarize themselves with the material. Indeed, upon reading the papers, conference attendees will be given the opportunity to pre-submit questions for the panelists using a secure link. Additionally, rather than per usual (listening to 4–5 papers straight through), conference participants will instead get to experience a discussion amongst panelists who will first summarize, rather than read, their respective essays. This will not only help avoid the fatigue that arises from online video conferencing, but it will also make for a much more interesting event!

If you are interested in attending and participating in the “Christ Among the Disciplines” conference, make sure to register today! (The link to the panelist essays may be found in the confirmation email upon registration.)

NoteAll net proceeds will be directed toward transitioning this conference into an annual venture!

With regard to the future, our hope is to plan a similar conference of this nature on an annual basis. If there is enough interest, we also hope to incorporate an annual lecture series with an invited lecturer. The idea, in other words, is to cultivate something of an online version of AAR/SBL (without membership fees!) that is far more affordable and (hopefully) quite interesting as well. The conference will not, however, be “competing” with AAR/SBL, as the events will not overlap with one another.

The conference program can be found here.

18-20 Nov 2020 @ 4pm-7pm GMT: As it was in the Beginning? Liberation Theology and Praxis in Contemporary Latin America. (Keynote addresses by Martha Zechmeister and Enrique Dussel)

Flyer (PDF) at bottom. Speakers and Topics include:

Martha Zechmeister (Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas) ‘The Productive Asynchronicity of Liberation Theology’

Sowing the Seeds: On the Origins of Liberation Theology
Ana María Bidegain (Florida International University) ‘Hidden Roots of Liberation Theology’
Juan Mario Díaz (University of Sheffield) ‘At the crossroads between Theology of Revolution and Liberation Theology: The origins of Participatory Action-Research (PAR)’
Lorena García Mourelle (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) ‘Montevideo as a center of Latin American Catholic student activism, 1966-1972’
Héctor A. Acero Ferrer (Institute for Christian Studies, Canada) ‘The Golconda Movement: Liberation Theology and the Fight for Racial Equality in Western Colombia’

The Spirit Breathes: Theological Renovations
Fernando Gómez Herrero (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘On Enrique Dussel’s Political Theology’
Rafael Peçanha de Moura (independent researcher) ‘Update on Latin American Liberation Theology through the philosophical anthropology of Derrida and Lévinas’
José Luis Benítez (Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas) ‘Reflections on the global communication challenges from the perspective of Ignacio Ellacuría’s liberation theology concept of utopia and prophecy’

Remapping Landscapes of Liberation
Sian Taylder (University of Exeter) ‘“It’s a mighty long way on a dusty track”: pilgrimage as an act of liberationist praxis in post-civil war El Salvador’
Patrick O’Hare (University of St Andrews) ‘Those who come bearing gifts: Catholic Accompaniment and the Classification of Surplus in Uruguay’
Fernando Luiz Lara (University of Texas at Austin) ‘The impact of liberation theology in the Latin American built environment’

The Aesthetics of Praxis
Raúl Valdivia Murgueytio (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘Picturing the Kingdom of God: Photography and Liberation Theology in Peru’
Niall Geraghty (UCL) ‘Repaying Evil with a Blessing: Revisiting León Ferrari’s Illustrated Nunca más’
Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho (KCL) ‘”And the Word was made song”: Liturgical Music and Theology of Liberation’

Crossing the Desert: The Trials of Liberation Theology
Pablo Bradbury (ILAS and University of Liverpool) ‘“For the health of our bodies and our souls”: Liberationist Christian Responses to State Terror in Argentina, 1974-1983’
Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa (UCL) ‘Pope John Paul II, Fidel Castro, and “The Delicate Question” of Liberation Theology’
Anna Grimaldi (KCL) ‘When Liberation Theology met Human Rights: advocacy networks and solidarity for Brazil’s victims of dictatorship’
Natalie Gasparowicz (Duke University) ‘The “Counter-Conference” at Puebla (1979): Liberation Theology, Women, and Birth Control’

Keynote Address
Enrique Dussel (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) ‘The origin of the Theology of Liberation’

Open Discussion of Possible Future Collaboration

Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies, King’s Brazil Institute, and University College London with the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust. Program PDF / Registration closed

18 Nov 2020 @ Midnight GMT (6pm Centroamérica): Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana diálogo: Diálogos interculturales: Entre las diversas espiritualidades de Abya Yala, con Julián Guamán, Stephanie Andrade Vinueza y Rogerio Donizetti.

You can watch the Facebook live video here, and sign up to the FTL newsletter here (Google Doc), as they celebrate their 50th anniversary as an organisation “que, desde los 70, promueve espacios de reflexión teológica contextualizada en América Latina y El Caribe.”

Be sure to give the FB page a like.

18 Nov 2020 @ 1pm GMT (uploaded to YouTube): #DecolonizeLutheranism‘s Francisco Herrera on ‘Hope Matters’, for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (Santa Monica, CA) discussion series.

Francisco Herrera described it like this: Some of you well know the irony of me being on a show called “Hope Matters,” as so often I remind people that “I don’t do hope.” I’m thankful that Pastor Eric [C. Shafer] invited me to talk about what I mean by that – and what I think the call of the Gospel has to say in our days when open bigotry is legislated and championed, where so much progress and growth in society is destroyed by wanton ignorance, and where the most violent in our country claim the name of Jesus.”

Subscribe to the Mt. Olive Lutheran YouTube here for more in the ‘Hope Matters’ series.

Francisco Herrera is an activist and theologian who PhD emphasis is World Christianity and Global Mission. He blogs at tweets at @PolyglotEvangel, and relishes in his duties as the Convener of #decolonizeLutheranism.

18 Nov 2020 @ 10pm GMT (4pm Centroamérica): Publica Theology diálogo: El Rol de la Iglesia y la Supremacía Blanca, con Yenny Delgado y Miguel Reyes.

Delgado y Reyes dialogan acerca de supremacía, colonialismo, la masacre del 32 en El Salvador y el “Cristo Negro” de esquipulas. Diálogos que vinculan teología, historia y estética.

Watch the video on the Publica Theology Facebook page here. Make sure to follow Publica Theology.

18 Nov 2020 @ 3pm GMT: Homebrewed Christianity founder Tripp Fuller responds to Joerg Rieger’s book Jesus vs. Caesar (2018) in a Facebook Live video podcast. Done in response to the AAR/SBL ‘Christ Among the Disciplines’ conference, for which Rieger and Fuller both contributed (see below).

Watch the video on Facebook here.
Listen to the interview Tripp Fuller did with Prof. Rieger here.

Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies. He is also the founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice. For more than two decades he has worked to bring together theology and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age. His work addresses the relation of theology and public life, reflecting on the misuse of power in religion, politics, and economics. His main interest is in developments and movements that bring about change and in the positive contributions of religion and theology. His constructive work in theology draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary traditions, with a concern for manifestations of the divine in the pressures of everyday life.

Author and editor of 22 books and over 140 academic articles, his books include Jesus vs. Caesar: For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God (2018), No Religion but Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology (2018), Unified We are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities (with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, 2016), Faith on the Road: A Short Theology of Travel and Justice (2015), Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Kwok Pui-lan, 2012), Grace under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions (2011), Globalization and Theology (2010), No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future (2009), Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (2007), and God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology (2001). His books have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, and Chinese.

Rieger is editor of the academic book series New Approaches to Religion and Power with Palgrave Macmillan Publishers and, together with Professor Kwok Pui-lan, he edits the academic book series Religion in the Modern World (Rowman and Littlefield).

Tripp Fuller began the Homebrewed Christianity podcast in 2008, equipping grassroots theologians for transformative thinking, engaging, and living. Fuller’s recent book is Divine Self Investment: An Open and Relational Constructive Christology (2020). Other books from the Homebrewed team can be found here.

Be sure to check out the following links for more interviews and panels with some of the most provocative and consciousness-raising theologians today.
Follow on Facebook. On Twitter @HomebrewedXnty. On Instagram. And check out Tripp’s website.

17 Nov 2020 @ 11pm GMT: Evening with the Author: Cláudio Carvalhaes on liturgy and justice, interviewed by Destini Hodges and Lee Catoe for Unbound. (Carvalhaes’s latest book, Liturgies from Below: Praying with People at the Ends of the World, is the subject of discussion)

Cláudio Carvalhaes is Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Catch him at:
Facebook: Claudio Carvalhaes  / Twitter: ccarvalhaes / Instagram: ccarvalhaes /

Amazon description of the book:

“It’s been said that prayer is the vocabulary of faith. This book offers a wealth of resources from forgotten places to help us create a new vocabulary for worship and prayer, one that is located amidst the poor and the major issues of violence and destruction around the world today. It is a collection of prayers, songs, rituals, rites of healing, Eucharistic and baptismal prayers, meditations and art from four continents: Asia-Pacific Islands, Africa, Americas, and Europe.

Liturgies from Below is the culmination of a project organized by the Council for World Mission (CWM) during 2018-2019. Approximately 100 people from four continents worked with CWM, collaborating to create indigenous prayers and liturgies expressing their own contexts, for sharing with their communities and the rest of the world. The project was called “Re-Imagining Worship as Acts of Defiance and Alternatives in the Context of Empire”.

The author and others spent weeks living in each of four communities for several weeks/months, getting to know the people, and then facilitating the people’s own creation of prayers and liturgies. The author, other scholars, pastors, artists, activists and students all came from radically different ethnicities, races, sexualities, churches and Christian theologies. The people in each location were poor, living in very challenging communities, living in oppressive and seemingly hopeless situations. After some time, they wrote prayers and stories of their experience trying to live the Christian faith in utterly abandoned places. What we have here is an immensely rich and varied collection of liturgical sources from various communities dealing with issues of violence, immigration/refugees, drugs, land grabbing, war on the poor, attack on women, militarization, climate change, and so on.”

You can go back and watch the interview on Facebook here. Be sure to follow Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice.

“Unbound is an ecumenical multimedia e-journal, published by the PC(USA), inviting analysis, practical resources, interactive conversation, and action items for issues of justice and Christian conscience.”

17 Nov 2020 @ Episode 87: The Wabash Center’s Dialogue On Teaching podcast interviews Boyung Lee on faith, race, and the Asian Diaspora.

“What does it take to ready schools for diversity? What is the evidence of the shift to anti-racist culture? Hear the story of a seminary who is making the commitment to diversity and cultural humility.” Listen to the podcast interview here.

For a panel discussion on Asian Diaspora and Race-Critical Consciousness from earlier in the year, click here. This episode’s other guests include Dr. Susan Abraham (Pacific School of Religion), Dr. Roger Nam (Portland Seminary), Dr. Sharon Tan (Eden Theological Seminary), Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary), and Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew (College of the Holy Cross).

Dr. Boyung Lee is Academic Dean at the Iliff School of Theology. Her theological and scholarly pursuit is fueled by a commitment to social justice. Lee is a feminist, communitarian educator. In addition to being an editorial board member of Religious Education, Journal of Feminist Studies and Religion, and International Journal of Practical Theology, she is also a board member of Religious Education Association and PANAAWTM (Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry), and a member of American Academy of Religion’s Teaching and Learning Committee, Women and Religion program and Transformative Pedagogy group.

Next Month and Beyond:

04 Dec 2020 @ 10H00-12H00:

11 Dec 2020 @ 7.30am GMT (6pm IST): Johnson Thomaskutty on “Humanhood in the Gospel of John: and its implications in the contemporary context”, a Hindustan Bible Institute and College webinar. (Thomaskutty’s book most relevant for this webinar is Saint Thomas the Apostle: New Testament, Apocrypha, and Historical Traditions)

Johnson Thomaskutty is Associate Professor of New Testament at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune. His book Saint Thomas the Apostle: New Testament, Apocrypha, and Historical Traditions (2018) was published by T&T Clark, under their Jewish and Christian Texts series:

“Are the Thomas references in the Gospel of John, the Thomas compositions, and the early Thomas traditions in northwestern and southern India purely legendary as biblical scholars have assumed or do they preserve unexamined historical traditions intermittently as the Thomas Christians in India have believed?

Didymus Judas Thomas is one of the most misunderstood characters from the beginning of the New Testament history and interpretation. In this study, Thomaskutty addresses the following questions: whether Thomas was merely a ‘doubting Thomas’ or a ‘genuine Thomas’? Can we understand Thomas comprehensively by bringing the New Testament, apocrypha, and historical traditions together? How was Thomas connected to eastern Christianity and how does the Thomas literature support/not support this connectivity? Can we understand the Thomas traditions related to Judea, Syria, and India with the help of canonical, extra canonical, and traditio-historical documents? Thomaskutty investigates the development of the Thomas literature right from the beginning, examining and questioning the approaches and methodologies that have been employed in interpreting these documents, and analyzes the Thomas literature closely in order to understand the character, his mission involvements, and the possible implications this may have for understanding early Christianity in the east.”

Webinar registration form (Google Doc) here.

For an overview of Thomaskutty’s research focus and expertise, check out this interview, exploring his important work on the character of Thomas in the Gospel of John. In another interview you can learn about the work of Union Biblical Seminary in Pune. You can follow Dr. Thomaskutty’s work on Facebook here.

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