The Graduate Theological Conference
The 8th Graduate Theological Conference
Influencing the Political: Religious & Theological Thought in Political Spheres
April 13, 2018 | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
The Graduate Theological Conference was founded and is managed by students at Garrett-Evangelical. It aims to create a collegial atmosphere where graduate students of religion and graduate seminarians will have the opportunity to gain experience sharing their work with one another, collaborating, offering feedback, and networking with one another.
Please explore the sliders on this site to learn more about the conference and ways you can participate. Please contact Ms. Krista McNeil, staff coordinator at 847.866.3903 or co-coordinators, Mrs. Elyssa E. Salinas-Lazarski and Mr. Bryson White at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Friday, April 13, 2018
|8:00 a.m.||Check-in and Breakfast | Cross Tower Room|
|8:45 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Remarks | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful|
|9:00 a.m.||Keynote Address | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful|
|10:30 a.m.||Panel Discussion | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful|
|11:30 a.m.||Lunch | Cross Tower Room|
|12:30 p.m.||Presentation Session One | Room 205|
|2:45 p.m.||Presentation Session Two | Room 205|
|5:00 p.m.||Social Hour at the Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201
Student Paper Presentations
Grant Swanson | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Multi-Faceted Violence and Peacebuilding: A Case Study on the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny"
Maria Alejandra Salazar | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Sacred Like Us: What the Women in Judges Teach Us About Trauma, Ritual, and Collective Healing"
Kwame Pitts | Chicago Theological Seminary
"Trauma, Mass Incarceration and Ritual: A Practical, Liberating and Theological Approach Towards Healing for the Formerly Incarcerated"
Peter McLellan | Drew University Theological School
"We Residents of New Jerusalem Living, Not ‘Reading,’ in Revelation’s Holy City"
Nathaniel Grimes | Villanova University
Carie Dupree | Duke Divinity School
Seth Perry | Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon
"Thoughtful Environmental and Community Development: A Congregation Called to be Stewards of Creation"
Keynote Speaker: The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Keynote Address: “Claiming God’s Justice When Whiteness Stands Its Ground in a Diversifying Nation”
The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas' lecture will examine the social, political and theological implications of whiteness as an impediment to living into God’s justice. Special attention will be given to the implications for the church as well as theological education in a rapidly diversifying and politically divisive United States.
Keynote Speaker The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named the 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.
Prior to Union, Dean Douglas served as Professor of Religion at Goucher College where she held the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion. Before Goucher, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987).
A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Essence magazine counts Dean Douglas “among this country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers and counselors.”
Dean Douglas is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Her groundbreaking and widely taught book Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (1999) was the first to address the issue of homophobia within the black church community. Her latest book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (2015), examines the challenges of a “Stand Your Ground” culture for the black church. Douglas’ other books include The Black Christ (1994), What’s Faith Got to Do with It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls (2005) and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant (2012), which seeks to move the black church beyond its oppressive views toward LGBTQ bodies and sexuality in general.
In addition, Dean Douglas is the co-editor of Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection (2010). She has been a pioneering and highly sought-after voice in regard to addressing sexual issues in relation to the black religious community. She has been very active in advocating equal rights for LGBTQ persons.
Dean Douglas is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University where she earned a bachelor of science summa cum laude in psychology. She went on to earn a master of divinity and a doctoral degree in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary under James Cone, Ph.D., the premier black theologian. While at Union, she received The Hudnut Award for demonstrated preaching excellence and the Julius Hanson Award as the outstanding theological student.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dean Douglas was ordained at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in 1985 — the first black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the Southern Ohio Diocese, and one of only five nationwide at the time. She also was the first to receive the Anna Julia Cooper Award by the Union of Black Episcopalians (July 2012) for “her literary boldness and leadership in the development of a womanist theology and discussing the complexities of Christian faith in African-American contexts.”
Dean Douglas was an Associate Priest at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. Today, she serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral.
She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, The Society for the Study of Black Religion, The Ecumenical Association for Third World Theologians and on The Board of Scholars for Ms. Magazine.
Mrs. Elyssa E.Salinas-Lazarkski
Mr. Bryson White
Ms. Krista McNeil, administrator for academic affairs
Call for Papers | CLOSED
The eighth graduate student conference at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is seeking papers for a conference that will be held on April 13, 2018.
Influencing the Political: Religious & Theological Thought in Political Spheres explores ways theological and religious discourse invigorates political forces to produce public life rife with domination and exclusion.
It invites analysis of the dependence of political ideas, activity, and policies upon theological ideas, religious histories and language. Here, the influence of theology and religion on political discourse is drawn from Emilie Townes’ claim in Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil that, “[...]deeply religious and/or theological underpinnings of our basic attitudes concerning the nature of peoples and the kind of public policies we must respond with remains unacknowledged or unconscious.” Potential approaches to the topic might include (but are not limited to):
- What new perspectives are emerging on the interconnectedness of race, theology, and politics?
- In what ways are Christian theologies and movements implicated in constructing and maintaining politics that produce and sanction vulnerable communities?
- What sacred texts, symbols, and rituals can untangle and redirect Christian theologies to creating political life that leads toward human flourishing?
- In what way(s) does faith-based community organizing redirect religious communities toward affirming a public life where human flourishing is the central component?
- This includes analyzing Christianity’s interconnectedness in domestic and global perspectives.
Submissions are encouraged from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives (biblical studies, church history, practical and pastoral ministry, and theology and ethics). The Graduate Theological Conference was founded and is managed by students at Garrett-Evangelical. It aims to create a collegial atmosphere where graduate (master’s and doctoral) students of religion and graduate seminarians have the opportunity to gain experience sharing their work, collaborating, offering feedback, and networking with one another.
Papers are due January 30, 2018. Papers should be no longer than 2500 words, double spaced, follow the writing style appropriate to the field/area (i.e, Turabian, APA, SBL), and include a bibliography. Papers should be accompanied by a 250 word abstract, stating the thesis and summarizing the paper. The abstract should include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and degree program.
Papers will be reviewed by the student editorial board. Invitations to present at the conference will be extended by February 14, 2018. Final papers are due February 28, 2018. Final papers will be reviewed by Garrett-Evangelical faculty members and/or students, who will offer a brief scholarly response.
Papers and abstracts should be sent to email@example.com. Please direct questions or concerns to co-coordinators: Mrs. Elyssa E. Salinas-Lazarski and Mr. Bryson White at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact the staff coordinator, Ms. Krista McNeil at 847.866.3903
January 30, 2018 Papers and abstracts due
February 14, 2018 Invitations to present at the conference will be sent
February 28, 2018 Final papers due
April 13, 2018 Day of the conference