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Spring '19 Liberating Theologies Speaker Series

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Charlotte Museum of History

3500 Shamrock Dr

Charlotte, NC 28215

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The Liberating Theologies conference, presented by The Freedom Center for Social Justice, is a one-day experience exploring varying theologies with an emphasis on liberation and inclusion for the oppressed and marginalized.


North Carolina has been a political, social justice and religious battleground in the United States for decades. Regressive views on religion, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups have harmed many of civil rights advances. The Freedom Center for Social Justice has been working to create cultural shifts across the state of North Carolina, particularly as it relates to faith communities and inlcusion for the LGBTQ community. We're excited to continue a partnership with Union Theological Seminary, in a shared mission of inclusion for the LGBTQ community and a call to action for religious communities to no longer cause harm through interpretations of holy text or other religious writing. There is a need in North Carolina to make a bold statement about intersectional justice; and the importance of restorative justice for those in the LGBTQ community that have been religiously ostracized.

Last year, The Freedom Center for Social Justice hosted nearly 100 attendees for our inaugural Liberating Theologies Speaker Series. 13 sponsors joined us for the series, including our core partner, Union Theological Seminary of New York's UNION of Affirming Christians. Attendees joined us from North Carolina, South Carolina, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York and more. Guest speakers included MacArthur Genius Fellow, Bishop William J. Barber II, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and Bishop Yvette Flunder.

This year's Spring conference is proposed in honor of Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, to celebrate her historic contributions to the theology world, in particular womanist. Topics to be explored: Womanist Queer Theology, The Future of Theology, Dismanteling Oppressive Theology and Emerging Theology each with an inclusivity framework.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Rev. Dr. Keri Day is an Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Day received her PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned an MA in Religion and Ethics from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville. Her teaching and research interests are in womanist/feminist theologies, social critical theory, cultural studies, economics, and Afro-Pentecostalism. Her first academic book, Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, was published in November of 2012. Her second book, Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives, was published in December of 2015. In 2017, she was recognized by ABC News as one of six black women at the center of gravity in theological education in America.

John Boopalan is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. His recently published essays include “Afterword: Justice Amidst Violence: Missed and Available Opportunities” in Mirage: A Sri Lankan Dalit Novel (2016) and “Doing Constructive Theology with B. R. Ambedkar: Where Theology and Ethics Kiss” in Bangalore Theological Forum (2016).

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey joined Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in January 2018. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Lightsey served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at the Boston University School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Lightsey brings a special mix of life experience and professional proficiency to the position. Following service in the US Army and work as a civil servant, she received her academic and theological training at Columbus State University (BS), Gammon Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological School (PhD). After ordination, she served first as a United Methodist congregational pastor and then as a theological school educator, scholar and administrator. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights.



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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No, we welcome guests of all ages. No childcare provided.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking on site. The museum parking lot contains ample parking spaces for cars and buses. Please visit this page for more information on getting to the Charlotte Museum of History.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email the Freedom Center for Social Justice at info@fcsj.org.

What's the refund policy?
Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event.

Will there be gender-neutral restrooms?
Yes!


Accessibility Information:
The Charlotte Museum of History is wheelchair accessible, and ADA approved. We will not have interpretation or translation services available.

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