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Public Theology Lecture: Freedom in Blackness: Exploring Theology and Self-Identity in the Midst of Activism

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey (G-ETS 2005)
Time: 11:10 a.m.
Location: Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey (G-ETS 2005) currently serves as the Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at Boston University School of Theology. A PhD alumna of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, she is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include: classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. An ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pamela pastored an urban church on the south side of Chicago, has done work for several UM general agencies and has strong connections within several mainline denominations. She has been a member of the Pan Methodist Commission for the last two quadrennials.

She currently co-chairs the American Academy of Religion’s Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Soul Repair Project, which studies the role of moral injury in veterans. The project is funded by several sources including a Lilly Endowment grant and is directed by feminist scholar, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock.

Pamela’s publications include “Reconciliation,” in Radical Evangelical (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) and “If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press). Her latest book, Our Whole Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock) was released on September 18, 2015.


About the Public Theology Lecture Series at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, celebrating 45 years of preparing "leaders among leaders," the Public Theology Lecture Series will help the Garrett-Evangelical community understand more about the intersection of the theological perspectives and values as they perform service in the public arena for the well being of all persons and creation. For more information, contact Erin Moore, Director of the President's Office and Executive Assistant, at

To learn more about the 2015-2016 Public Theology Lecture Series, including a list of all or our speakers, go to


Photo courtesy of Lightsey and Boston University School of Theology.

November 3, 2015

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