Ministry Conference 2014

Widening the Circle: Theory & Identity in the Praxis of Solidarity



Undergirding most liberation theologies is the value and ultimate aim of action, change, and praxis: to be in solidarity and seek liberation. Whirling around the word ‘solidarity’ is a profusion of questions: What is it? What is the basis for being in it? With whom? Who is it for? Who are we when we are in solidarity? This year the Annual Ministry Conference at the University of Chicago Divinity School is collaborating with seminarians from McCormick Theological Seminary, the Catholic Theological Union, the Lutheran School of Theology, and the Chicago Theological Seminary to investigate the multiplicityof questions within the activity of formation. Over the course of the academic year, participants are invited not to seek prescriptions about solidarity, but, instead to examine theoretical perspectives, practices in solidarity, as well as themselves in their own communities, and a contemporary case study of solidarity in America.  This three-part exploration will attempt to form and re-form participants  into community leaders who are equipped to address the multiple demands for solidarity.