Instructor: Kelly Brown Douglas
Date: Friday, October 9 at 1:00 – 6:00 | Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.
Preparation for the course:
The only reading assignment will be Black Theology and Black Power by James H. Cone, and that should be read prior to the class.
It has been more than fifty years since the publication of the Rev. Dr. James Cone’s groundbreaking book Black Theology & Black Power, yet the concerns and themes raised in this book continue to resonate today. Reflecting on his book, Dr. Cone wrote “I wanted to speak on behalf of the voiceless black masses in the name of Jesus whose gospel I believed had been greatly distorted by the preaching and theology of white churches.” Through this two-day course, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas invites students and community members to reflect and study Black Theology & Black Power in light of where the country and church are today and its transforming implications for our faith and actions. Notes: Pass/fail. Cannot be taken for reading credit. Auditors are expected to attend all class meetings.
The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union in September 2017. She was named the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology in November 2019. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street.
Prior to Union, Dean Douglas served as Professor of Religion at Goucher College where she held the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion and is now Professor Emeritus. Before Goucher, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987).
Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dean Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union.
Dean Douglas is the author of many articles and five books, including Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Her academic work has focused on womanist theology, sexuality and the black church.