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Unearthing the Bonds that Hold Us Together: Pedagogy of Liberation and Theology of Liberation in Dialogue

March 14-15, 2019 | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The word of God is inviting me to re-create the world, not for my brothers’ domination, but for their liberation. . . . Listening to the word of God does not mean acting like empty vessels waiting to be filled with that word. . . . That is why I insist that a utopian and prophetic theology leads naturally to a cultural action for liberation and hence to conscientization. (Freire 1972)

In the light of the current global context of fundamentalisms and the rise of totalitarian regimes, the Cátedra Paulo Freire 2019 Conference will bring into dialogue the Pedagogy of Liberation and the Theology of Liberation to uncover the bonds that can still hold us together in hope and responsibility. Both are counter-narratives that emerged within the dramatic and plural universe of the poor and marginalized, fostering a critical, liberating, and relentless view of the world to address the urgencies of our times. Join us in conversation with leading scholars in their fields!

Registration and CEUs


Registration Fee: $25

Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff, and prospective Garrett-Evangelical students will have their registration fee waived but must register with their Garrett-Evangelical or Northwestern University email address.

Continuing Education Units

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for 0.75 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for attending the Cátedra


Thursday, March 14, 2019

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration and Check-In | Lobby
7:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Dr. Débora Junker
7:30 p.m. Stolen Jesus: Twenty-first Centruy Barbarism and the Demise of Democracy
Dr. Peter McLaren
8:15 p.m. Response
Dr. Nancy Bedford
8:30 p.m. Circles of Conversations
8:50 p.m. Questions and Answer
9:10 p.m. Artistic Response
9:30 p.m. Adjourning


Friday, March 15, 2019

8:45 a.m. Coffee and Tea
9:30 a.m. On Faith, Hope, and Love: Inspiration from Freire's Contribution in Challenging Times
Dr. Daniel Schipani
10:15 a.m. Response
Dr. Anne Joh
10:30 a.m. Circles of Conversation
10:50 a.m. Coffee Break
11:10 a.m. Questions and Answers
11:30 a.m. Artistic Response
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m.

Circles of Conversations
Circle 1: Stolen Dreams and Foreclosed Futures: Freire’s Banking Model as “Educational” Extractive Introjection led by Eddie Journey

Circle 2: Liberatory Pedagogies in the Context of Youth Ministry and Leadership Development led by Patricia Bonilla

Circle 3: Baby Talk: Waiting for the Word led by Elyssa Salinas

Circle 4: Sacred Reading as a Pedagogical and Pastoral Response to Tragedy led by Michael Washington

Circle 5: Freirean Riffs of Liberation in the Music of Black Millennials in the U.S. led by Karen Mosby

Circle 6: Liberating Visions of [Our] Humanity: Art, Imagination, and Wholeness led by Maria Alejandra Salazar

Circle 7: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Ella Baker’s Liberatory Pedagogy led by Gina Robinson

3:00 p.m. Artistic Response
3:20 p.m. Acknowledgements, Group Picture, and Departure


Directions to Garrett-Evangelical

The links below will help you make your way to Garrett-Evangelical, and help you find your way around once you arrive.



Campus Buildings:

The Garrett-Evangelical campus is comprised of five buildings toward the north and west side of Northwestern University's Evanston campus. In addition, the seminary owns three nearby apartment complexes.

  • Main, its Gothic tower visible from much of NU's campus, houses much of the administration, most of the classrooms (all outfitted for computer-assisted learning), many faculty offices, the Styberg Library, and the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.
  • Shaffer is connected to the north end of the Main building and houses most of the faculty offices as well as the IT department.
  • Loder Hall, east and slightly south of the main building, contains the cafeteria (Food for Thought), guest rooms, dorm rooms, some administrative offices, student lounges and kitchen, lockers for commuting students and is LEED certified.
  • Pfeiffer is located directly to the east of Main and includes offices for faculty, development, and many of the Seminary's Centers.
  • Stead Hall, which is connected to the south side of the Main building, houses the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, the Lucy Rider Meyer Conference Room, and offices for the library.
  • Old Dorm, east of the main building, is additional housing for students.
  • Howes Chapel is directly west of Main and is set adjacent to the beautiful Shakespeare Gardens and our own prayer garden.

Off-campus and On-campus Parking

For Thursday, March 14th, there will be free parking available in the large Northwestern University parking lot adjacent to Garrett-Evangelical beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus, but with a little planning and forethought, it is not an insurmountable problem. We currently have one gated vistor's lot on campus that you can purchase a parking pass for $8/day (cash or check only). You may pre-pay for a parking pass for Friday, March 15th, on the registration form. Additionally, you can purchase a parking pass on March 15th, though there is a limited number of spots. You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847-866-3900) to make a reservation. When you come to campus you will need to go to the front desk and get a magnetic card to use to get into and out of the lot. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out). 

Should parking in the gated visitor's lot sell out, you may also purchase a Northwestern Visitor's Lot parking pass. This yellow hangtag can be purchased from our front desk for $8.50/day (cash or check only). Please note, this pass is NOT good for the big lot next to our campus; if you purchase one of these passes you must park in any of the NU visitor lots, the nearest of which is across Sheridan Road just south of Noyes Street. Other lots are further away - about a 10 minute walk back to Garrett-Evangelical.  See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.

If you have any questions about parking options on or near campus, please contact Rev. Paul Ortiz, director of residential ministries, by email or at 847.866.3939.

About Cátedra Paulo Freire

Cátedra Paulo Freire is the first cátedra in the United States dedicated to Paulo Freire emphasizing the influence of his theoretical and practical insights to the field of theology and religious studies. Within the context of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Cátedra aspires to promote educational events, encourage research activities, and contribute to the enrichment of dialogue among students, faculty, religious leaders, and community members as we imagine collectively what it means to be responsible Christians in today’s contexts, while expanding and deepening our participation in today’s society as public theologians. Moreover, the Cátedra seeks to be a resource for Latino/a communities encouraging their engagement and interaction with their realities and contexts as Latino/a population in US, and at the same time enhancing their relationships with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

March 14, 2019 - March 15, 2019

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

Keynote Lectures

"Stolen Jesus: Twenty-First Century Barbarism and the Demise of Democracy"

Dr. Peter McLaren

Dr. Peter McLaren

Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies at Chapman University, Co-Director of The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice

Professor McLaren is the author and editor of nearly 50 books and his writings have been translated into over 25 languages. Five of his books have won the Critic's Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association. Professor McLaren's book, Life in Schools: An Introduction to Critical Pedagogy in the Foundations of Education (New York: Routledge), has been named one of the 12 most significant writings by foreign authors in the field of educational theory, policy and practice by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences; the list includes Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich and books by Pierre Bourdieu and Howard Gardner. A scholar and activist whose written work and educational activism attempts to reflect the goals and educational practices developed by his mentor, Paulo Freire, Professor McLaren is a frequent international speaker whose work has a global reach.

"On Faith, Hope, and Love: Inspiration from Freire's Contribution in Challenging Times"

Dr. Daniel Schipani

Dr. Daniel Schipani

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Affiliate Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary

Professor Schipani is an ordained minister in Mennonite Church USA, he also serves as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor (volunteer) at a local community health center for economically vulnerable care receivers, especially immigrants from Latin America. His academic work includes clinical supervision of students in chaplaincy, and pastoral and spiritual counseling. Schipani’s research and teaching interests include formation and transformation processes and intercultural and interfaith pastoral care and counseling. He is the author or editor of twenty-seven books on pastoral counseling, education, and practical and pastoral theology. His texts in education include, Religious Education Encounters Liberation Theology, Teología del Ministerio Educativo, Educación, libertad y Creatividad: Encuentro y Diálogo con Paulo Freire, and Paulo Freire, Educador Cristiano. Books on pastoral and spiritual care include The Way of Wisdom in Pastoral Counseling; Spiritual Caregiving in the Hospital: Windows to Chaplaincy MinistryInterfaith Spiritual Care: Understandings and Practices; Nuevos Caminos en Psicología Pastoral; Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care and Manual de Psicología Pastoral