I am looking forward to participating in the upcoming Sixth Annual Faith and Culture Symposium, sponsored by the College of Theology and Christian Ministry, at Belmont University. The entire symposium will be held February 4–8, 2019.
The annual symposium works to sustain an ongoing conversation relating to faith and culture and informed by academic and congregational dynamics. The theme for this year’s symposium is “The Kin-dom of God According to Women.” “Kin-dom” is a metaphor used by Latina (mujerista) theologian Ada María Isasi-Díaz to provide a new understanding of the Kingdom of God described in the Gospels. The Kin-dom of God, she says, is useful in resisting hierarchy and elitism, and for anticipating when the fullness of God becomes a day-to-day reality in the world at large, we will all be sisters and brothers—God’s family to each other in mutual love and support.
“The Kin-dom of God According to Women” is a broadly inclusive theme that timely recognizes the vitality and necessity of women’s leadership in spurring the church to become a significantly positive force in the unfolding of the Kin-dom of God.
I will be preaching about “Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles” in Belmont Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4. That afternoon at 2:00 p.m., I will deliver the lecture “Speaking of Canaanites and Canines: Matthew 15:21–28” in Johnson Center 131.
The symposium is open to the general public. See the full schedule below:
For more details, visit Belmont’s website by clicking here.
Next Saturday, January 26, 2019, I will be participating in a Symposium on Gender Equality as part of the Annual Leader and Learner Event for the North Texas Area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The workshop will be held from 1:45–3:00PM at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, Texas.
Despite significant social advances in the status of women in the USA and Europe, women in many cultures continue to suffer domination, exploitation, and abuse. Even in the USA, the majority of churches still uphold traditional patriarchal models for home and church. Even within churches that have formally endorsed gender equality, some have reported continued resistance to female leadership.
This symposium provides the opportunity to share experiences, views, and ideas to help promote genuine gender equality as part of the church’s essential theology and mission. Rev. Dr. Irie Session, Rev. Deborah Jones, and I will help introduce the issues at hand and facilitate discussion.
This workshop is part of a larger event lasting from 8:30AM–3:00PM and including lunch, but registrants can choose to attend just the afternoon session (at the same cost). To learn more about the entire event, visit the website of the North Texas Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest at http://www.ntaccsw.org/. To register for the event online, click here.