Public Theology Lecture Featuring Activists and Theologian Ched Myers
All Theology is Public: Re-centering Prophetic Faith on the Emmaus Road
In celebration and support of the growing Public Theology commitment at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, particularly around racial justice, ecological regeneration, and child advocacy, Myers will offer an Eastertide “political” reading of Luke’s Emmaus Road epilogue. How can rebuilding literacy in the prophetic tradition help North American Christian theological education better equip disciples to overcome denial and paralysis under the shadow of the Anthropocene? How can we bridge gulfs that have grown up between seminary, sanctuary, streets and soil, so that our churches might more robustly engage with (and be accountable to) marginalized people and places? Jesus’ “Emmaus Road pedagogy” challenges us to revisit how, where and what we study, so that Public Theology can animate evangelical works of mercy and service, advocacy and organizing, community building and social reconstruction.
About Ched Myers
Ched Myers was born in 1955 in Los Angeles, a fifth generation Californian. He is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for more than 40 years. With degrees in philosophy from U.C. Berkeley and New Testament from the Graduate Theological Union, he is a popular educator who animates scripture and builds literacy and engagement in historic and current movements for peace and justice. He has traveled widely around North America and abroad speaking to social movement groupss and faith-rooted organizations and churches. Author of over a hundred articles and chapters, his books include:
- Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (Orbis, 1988/2008);
- Who Will Roll Away the Stone? Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (Orbis, 1994); The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics (Tell the Word, 2001)
- Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A N.T. Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (with Elaine Enns, Orbis, 2009);
- Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice (with Matthew Colwell, Orbis, 2012); and most recently
- Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice (Cascade, 2016).
Most of Ched’s publications can be found at www.ChedMyers.org. He serves as adjunct faculty at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, SK, and has taught at many seminaries around the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
Ched has worked with a variety of social justice and ecojustice organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee and the Pacific Concerns Resource Center. He has co- founded several collaborative projects, including the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice (http://clbsj.org/); the Sabbath Economics Collaborative (www.sabbatheconomics.org); the Watershed Discipleship Alliance (http://watersheddiscipleship.org/); and Word and World Schools (www.wordandworld.org). He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in the Ventura River watershed in southern California, where they co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (www.bcm-net.org) and focus on building capacity among young faith and justice leaders.