Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
254 Hicks Street BrooklynNY
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Reverend Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School, to hold a workshop on gender and racial justice at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights.
We are trying to live into what we say we believe. At this gathering, we will explore the ways in which we can generate generous and kind communication on the challenge of recognizing and overcoming gender and racial discrimination in our country.
The Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee at Grace Church and The Mercer School of Theology invite you to the first Feminist Scholar in Residence workshop.
Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Townes' broad areas of expertise include Christian ethics, cultural theory and studies, postmodernism and social postmodernism. She has been a pioneering scholar in womanist theology, a field of studies in which the historic and current insights of African American women are brought into critical engagement with the traditions of Christian theology. Townes has a strong interest in thinking critically about womanist perspectives on issues such as health care, economic justice, poetry and literary theory.
“For several years, the Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights has focused on gender issues. Out of a concern that many people, especially our children, still think that God is male, we examined the gender references in the Nicene Creed and led a seminar to discuss Gender and the Nicene Creed by Rev. Elizabeth Geitz. She argues that a return to tradition –and to several traditional texts, beginning with the original Greek version of the Creed itself – support a gender-inclusive
theology of the Trinity. Given the current political climate, our goal is to elevate the level of discourse and open dialogue with the community about the biases of sexism and racism of which we may not
be aware. We want to learn how Womanist theology offers insights into how and what we think and believe. Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, whose expertise bridges these topics, asks us to join a respectful conversation on gender and racial justice. Please reserve a seat at the table.”
Dexter Guerrieri, Chair, Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee