Brite Divinity School continues its mission of transforming scholarship, justice, and practice through dynamic and engaging experiences in face-to-face classrooms. Sojourners recently published an article with the headline “Seminaries Across the Country Now Offering Black Lives Matter Courses.” Though racial justice is a theme that runs throughout all courses at Brite, the divinity school is excited to offer two new courses in Spring 2017 that echo the clarion call that Black Lives Matter.
Theories of Justice: A de-colonial investigation
Dr. Keri Day, Associate Professor of Social and Theological Ethics and Director of Black Church Studies
This course explores the philosophical and theological foundations of “justice,” paying special attention to diverse articulations of justice from the underside of modernity. A central claim of this course is that juridical and moral conceptions of justice in the West have been grounded in the European colonial gaze and its (re)productions of racial otherness (among other intersectional forms of “othering”). This class will explore how the category of justice is shaped in and through colonial logics in the West as well as examine diverse forms of decolonial thought that deconstruct and resist such colonial logics and practices. For example, decolonial philosophical, theological, political and literary works do not simply attend to the strict question of distributive justice but foreground how the European colonial gaze shapes the discursive and material fields out of which justice claims and meanings are being thought and performed (i.e. questions of social recognition, difference, power and identity). For this course, our exploration of justice will not merely ask “Who gets a piece of the pie,” but rather, “What kind of pie is it?” and “Who is to decide?” Throughout the semester, this course will reflect on how contemporary social movements such as Black Lives Matter and SisterSong enable a re-thinking of justice within and beyond modern political and theological liberalism.
For more information about Dr. Keri Day, you can view the below video about the future of theology.
The Bible in the Public Square: Interpreting the Bible in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter
Dr. Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
This course will examine the core claims and commitments of the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the biblical text with an eye to preaching and teaching the scriptures in response to the extra-judicial killings of black women and men, and subsequent community responses.
Brite Faculty Response to #BeingMinorityatTCU
Community Reading of Dear White Christians
At the Lament/Response gathering held last month, Dr. Day suggested that the entire Brite community read Dear White Christians, by Jennifer Harvey and engage in conversation about the book. Dean Marshall is hosting multiple discussion groups the week of October 17th to reflect on the community reading. The purpose of these discussions is to come together not only to think about the book, but address its implications for our wholeness as a community. Please check your Brite Weekly Communication email for times and locations. If anyone needs a copy of the book, the Admissions/Dean of Common Life office has copies available to borrow.