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WEBINAR | Theology in Migration

Webinar Leaders:

  • Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Ms. Maria Alejandra Salazar, Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Webinar Description:

In this presentation we will touch upon how we can be a “people of God in migration” that do a “theology in migration.” On the one hand, such a “theology in migration” takes seriously the material reality and experiences of migrants, including their contributions in helping all of us (regardless of migratory status) know God more deeply. On the other hand, a “theology in migration” refers to a theology (and a faith practice) that is flexible, able to move, and willing to adapt to new realities and challenges: in this sense as followers of Jesus, we all, by definition, are learning how best to be “on the move.” How might a “theology in migration” along these lines help us discern how faithfully to respond to recent events in this country, including the policy decisions at the highest levels that target asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants?


This webinar is offered for free, but you are invited to make a donation at the time of registration to support scholarships for Hispanic/Latinx students at Garrett-Evangelical.

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Leader Bios

Dr. Nancy BedfordNancy Elizabeth BedfordDr. theol. (Tübingen, 1994), was born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. She has been Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston) since 2003. Previously she taught theology at Instituto Universitario ISEDET and Seminario Internacional Teológico Bautista (both in Buenos Aires). She has written or edited eight books and written over 70 book chapters and journal articles, which have appeared in five languages.

Her latest book is Galatians, A Theological Commentary from the Westminster John Knox Press in the Belief series. Her current project is on the Christology of the marvelous exchange from a Latin American and Latino/a perspective. Her research interests focus on global feminist theories and theologies, Latin American theologies, Latino/Latina theologies in North America, theologies in migration, liberating readings of Scripture, hermeneutics, and the rearticulation of classical doctrinal loci from the perspective of critical, artistic and poetic reason.

She is a member of Reba Place Church (Mennonite) in Evanston, where she is on the preaching rotation. She is married to Daniel Stutz, with whom she has three daughters, Valeria, Sofía and Carolina.


Maria Alejandra SalazarMaria Alejandra Salazar is a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical, having graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Policy and Education with a Minor in Latina/o studies. Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Alejandra considers herself a one-and-a-half generation immigrant, meaning she was not born in the United States, but she spent her formative years in the United States. A community organizer and advocate for immigrants, she worked to pass the Illinois DREAM Act, legislation designed to make scholarships, college savings, and prepaid tuition programs available to undocumented students who graduated from Illinois high schools. Maria Alejandra also worked to expand immigrant access to Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses, in order to increase the number of immigrants driving with insurance, and to decrease the risk of being deported for minor infractions of driving without a license or without insurance.

September 18, 2018


For Such a Time as This Webinar Series

We are living in tumultuous times in which people fear for their rights, their safety, and their very lives. People of faith are looking for ways to live out their faith in response to these fears but sometimes lack the training or theological basis for their work. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's For Such A Time As This webinars seek to respond to the needs of clergy, lay people, and congregations with theological education and practical tools to live out their faith-based activism.


The For Such a Time as This webinar series is sponsored by the Wilber and Juanita Harr Lecture Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This fund was originally established at Evangelical Theological Seminary to honor Dr. Harr, who was both dean and professor of missions from 1940 to 1971. This lectureship founded in his memory reflected the breadth of his interests: world religions, changing technology, ecology, human need and world poverty, third-world development, racism, government and business ethics, and minority identity groups.