Religion & Social Change, a Liberation Theology 2-part Class by Rev. Amy starts Wed, Apr 14

Wednesday, April 14, 7:30-9, Amy will be leading the first in a 2-class series on liberation theologies that may interest you. She taught a class on liberation theology/ies two years ago, but realized upon preparing materials for the class, that to do justice to the topic would take at least two or three sessions. So here, delayed but unbowed by the pandemic, is part two. Part three, on ecofeminist, Buddhist, and queer theologies of liberation, will be offered two weeks later.

Religion and Social Change: Black, Feminist, Mujerista, and Womanist Theologies of Liberation. Wed, April 14 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Like Latin American Catholics who amplified the liberatory teachings of Jesus for their circumstances, theologians and activists from marginalized groups have used religion as a tool for social change.  In fact, they argue persuasively that life on the margins and borders can give rise to a particular insight and power that the whole world needs.  Gloria Anzaldua, James Cone, Mary Daly, Clenora F. Hudson-Weems, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, and Judtih Plaskow will be some of our guides.

Religion and Social Change: Ecofeminist, Buddhist, and Queer Theologies of Liberation. Wed., April 28 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

We continue to explore some of the many ways people have used religion and theology as liberating forces to crack open structures of oppression.  For example, An ecological understanding of both relationships among humans (men and women, colonizers and colonized, rich and poor) and the human relationship to the rest of the earth helps us to move beyond a theology of domination.  The “queering” of theology helps us to transcend narrow categories that we impose upon God as well as ourselves.  And “Engaged Buddhism,” integrating the wisdom of liberation theology, helps us to transform anger into freedom.  Writers such as Marcella Althaus-Reid, Ivone Gebara, Sallie McFague, Lama Rod Owens, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and angel Kyodo williams introduce us to these and other exciting ideas.

The Zoom link for both classes is

If dialing in via phone: Meeting ID: 828 1665 6647, Passcode: 004295