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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 Opens January 10, 2019 | Schedule and More Information Coming Soon!



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 McClaren

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 Shipani

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