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By sabrina reyes-peters

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EcoEpistemology and Destabilizing Whiteness with Jay Potter, pt. 2

Seminary for the Rest of UsMay 12, 2020

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Sacred Seminary Symposium: Un poquito de justicia
Mar 14, 202201:00:01
Brave Church with Elizabeth Hagan
Aug 21, 202133:52
Thinking about Atonement Theology with Hannah Bowman

Thinking about Atonement Theology with Hannah Bowman

Currently in our USA context, our so-called justice system is heavily punitive, and uses people, particularly black and brown folks, as its scapegoats. Might penal substitutionary atonement theology have something to do with this? In our conversation, Hannah explains how we can rethink substitutionary atonement theology in a non-punitive sense, and use Jesus' solidarity with victims and perpetrators of harm in the crucifixion to anchor abolition theology and thus the transformative and restorative justice from which it flows. Let's also think about how the resurrection plays into this.

https://christiansforabolition.org

https://christiansforabolition.org/resources/

Hannah Bowman is a graduate student in Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, a literary agent, and a prison abolitionist. The founder and director of Christians for the Abolition of Prisons, she writes and teaches on the Christian theology supporting abolition; she is also a circle coordinator for the Los Angeles pilot Circles of Support and Accountability restorative-justice prison re-entry program, in collaboration with the Fresno Community Justice Center.

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny podcast where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, was occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, and is web engineered by Charlie Peters.

The theme music is by Matthew Scott. Support: https://ko-fi.com/sdrp_Find us on Twitter and Instagram @seminaryshow Email: seminary.show@gmail.com

May 25, 202140:02
Sacred Seminary Symposium: A Challenge to Traditional Theology

Sacred Seminary Symposium: A Challenge to Traditional Theology

Episode 19: Sacred Seminary Symposium: A Challenge to Traditional Theology

*Find episode 3 at the link below to Sancta Colloquia.*

Read the excerpts referenced here: https://tinyurl.com/MT-Chapter-4

Sancta Colloquia on the web: https://laurenrelarkin.com/category/sancta-colloquia/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sanctacolloquia/

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny podcast where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charlie Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Support: https://ko-fi.com/sdrp_Find us on Twitter and Instagram @seminaryshow Email: seminary.show@gmail.com

Mar 31, 202155:56
Intro to Patristic Universalism, with Ambrose Andreano
Feb 20, 202144:19
Christofascism and Catastrophe

Christofascism and Catastrophe

Resources in the order of appearance:

Dorothee Solle: The Window of Vulnerability

On Christofascism, take a look at Blake Chastain Chrissy Stroop's work.

Helmut Gollwitzer: Our God Loves Justice, by W. Travis McMaken

More info: episode of Sancta Colloquia discussing W. Travis McMaken's work, Our God Loves Justice, and a past episode of Seminary for the Rest of Us on dialectical theology.

A couple of podcast episodes  in which Dr. McMaken gives some background on Helmut Gollwitzer and discusses Our God Love Justice: Theology and Socialism, The Magnificast

Folks to give your full attention to, a non-exhaustive list: Eboni Marshall Turman - Kelly Brown Douglas - Willie Jennings - Jemar Tisby - Nathan Cartagena - Wil Gafney - M. Shawn Copeland - Truth's Table - Austin Channing Brown - Daniel White Hodge - Lisa Sharon Harper - Raymond Carr - Drew G.I. Hart - Chanequa Walker-Barnes - Bree Newsome - Bernice King - Ally Henny - Angela Davis - James Cone

Jan 11, 202153:12
Sacred Seminary Symposium: To Struggle for Justice is to Pray

Sacred Seminary Symposium: To Struggle for Justice is to Pray

This is episode 3 of Sacred Seminary Symposium, a joint project with Sancta Colloquia. We are alternating the production of episodes, so you will want to find Sancta Colloquia on your podcast app, or click the link above and listen to episode 2 if you missed it. In this episode, Lauren and I discuss chapter 2 of Mujerista Theology: “Luchar por la justicia es rezar”, or “To Struggle for Justice is to Pray”. We touch on colonialism in missions, anti-intellectualism v theologies of hope, holiness and piety (particularly how holiness is touted as a measuring stick, and some forms of “piety” are more “spiritual” than others), spiritual bypassing, and spiritual violence in the form of elevating the spiritual over the material; we somehow manage, as we did in the last episode, to fit in a critique of capitalism. And if you stay until the very end, you get some enneagram fun, as well, when we try to type the author of Mujerista Theology, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, even though you’re technically not supposed to. Enjoy! 


QUOTES REFERENCED:

“...I realized how privileged I was to have been part of such an outpouring of faith--the faith of the poor and the oppressed that maintains them, that is their sustenance in the most trying of situations. I felt that my well-reasoned faith, a so-called sophisticated faith illumined by the ‘right’ kind of theology, was not any deeper or any more pleasing to God than the faith of the poor people I had seen expressed for two days. In the weeks that followed I came to realize more and more the depth of that faith.” (30)

“As the years have gone by I have accepted that for me to strive to live to the fullest by struggling against injustice is to draw nearer and nearer to the divine. Drawing closer to God and struggling for justice have become for me one and the same thing. Struggling for my liberation and the liberation of Hispanic women is a liberative praxis. This means that it is an activity both intentional and reflective; it is a communal praxis that feeds on the realization that Christ is among us when we strive to live the gospel  message of justice and peace.” (33)

“Holiness in the convent was defined at that time in terms of self-sacrifice and long hours of meditation and prayer. NIneteen years old at the time, I struggled with myself to be close to God by doing what those in authority told me to do. But it was to no avail. I did not feel closer to God; I could not convince myself I was a terrible sinner; I could not see any reason for thinking I had failed terribly when I fell asleep in chapel during meditation at 5:30 in the morning.” (31)

“...I realized how privileged I was to have been part of such an outpouring of faith--the faith of the poor and the oppressed that maintains them, that is their sustenance in the most trying of situations. I felt that my well-reasoned faith, a so-called sophisticated faith illumined by the ‘right’ kind of theology, was not any deeper or any more pleasing to God than the faith of the poor people I had seen expressed for two days.In the weeks that followed I came to realize more and more the depth of that faith.” (30)

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny podcast where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Support: https://ko-fi.com/sdrp_Find us on Twitter and Instagram @seminaryshow Email: seminary.show@gmail.com

Nov 21, 202056:33
Thomas Aquinas' Psychology of Fear, with Nathan Cartagena, pt. 2
Nov 08, 202035:19
Thomas Aquinas' Psychology of Fear, with Nathan Cartagena, pt. 1
Nov 08, 202032:07
Sacred Seminary Symposium: Mujerista Theology Intro

Sacred Seminary Symposium: Mujerista Theology Intro

In this episode, Lauren R.E. Larkin (whom you might remember from a previous episode on dialectical theology), host of Sancta Colloquia, and I introduce our special project: Sacred Seminary Symposium, and talk about what we learned from the Intro to Mujerista Theology. There’s a lot to dig into, including privilege in theology, liberation, the kind of fruit theology produces, and more. Follow along, read along, and let us know what your thoughts are! Here are the excerpts we reference:

“In developing a method to do theology that uses religion of grassroots Latinas as its source, mujerista theology puts into practice a preferential option for the oppressed.” (1)

Mujerista theology is not a disembodied discourse but one that arises from situated subjects, Latina grassroots women, and, yes, even me.” (3)

“‘In other words, the claim that I can speak only for myself assumes the autonomous conception of the self in Classical Liberal theory--that I am unconnected to others in my authentic self or that I can achieve an autonomy from others given certain conditions. But there is no neutral place to stand free and clear in which one’s words do not prescriptively affect or mediate the experience of others, nor is there a way to decisively demarcate a boundary between one’s location and all others.” (Alcoff qtd in Isasi-Diaz 7)

“The goals of mujerista theology have always been these: to provide a platform for the voices of Latina grassroots women; to develop a theological method that takes seriously the religious understandings and practices of Latinas as a source for theology; to challenge theological understandings, church teachings, and religious practices that oppress Latina women, that are not life-giving, and, therefore, not theologically correct.” (1)

“[...] my liberation is not possible apart from the liberation of grassroots Latinas. I do what I do because I believe it is a liberative praxis[...]”(6)

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny podcast where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. 

Support: https://ko-fi.com/sdrp_

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @seminaryshow. 

Email: seminary.show@gmail.com

Sep 12, 202039:38
Intro to Process Theology, with Monica A. Coleman

Intro to Process Theology, with Monica A. Coleman

*NB: this is the first episode fully produced by the host, who is new at mixing, so be nice! :)*

Monica A. Coleman is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware.  Coleman is an ordained minister in the AME Church and initiate in traditional Yoruba religion who spent over 12 years teaching in graduate theological education. She is the author or editor of six books including Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology and Bipolar Faith: a Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith.

In this episode, I got to ask Dr. Monica some questions about Process Theology, and she does a wonderful job explaining it and bringing it down to earth, with examples from her own journey. If you don’t know what Process is, start here, and then continue with these resources:

Read: Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology 

Go to monicaacoleman.com to find online courses on Process Theology: Process Theology 101,102, 103, and free webinars, as well as sign up for her newsletter to find out what she’s up to, and maybe get some delicious vegan recipes.

Follow Dr. Monica on social media:

Twitter: @revdrmonica

Instagram: @revdrmonica

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revdrmonica/

Seminary for the Rest of Us, a tiny seminary where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted/produced by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, occasionally sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow https://twitter.com/seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com

Aug 17, 202036:20
Decolonizing Theology, with Kat Armas
Jul 13, 202027:27
Reading the Bible with D.L. Mayfield

Reading the Bible with D.L. Mayfield

In this episode, which I recorded with D.L. Mayfield at the beginning of May, we talk a little bit about her new book, The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Autonomy, Affluence, Safety, and Power (https://www.ivpress.com/the-myth-of-the-american-dream), and more about how those and other values might affect the way we read the bible. Listen to D.L. talk about her journey in decolonizing her bible reading, and go read her new book!

Note: I recorded the intro almost a couple weeks ago, so the things I reference happened at the beginning of June.

Book review: https://sdrp.me/2020/04/27/myth-of-the-american-dream/

Recommended:

Dr. Wil Gafney https://g.co/kgs/6vTbc7

Lisa Sharon Harper https://lisasharonharper.com/,

Kelley Nikondeha https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/6429/defiant.aspx

Walter Brueggemann https://www.walterbrueggemann.com/

Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow https://twitter.com/seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com

Jun 22, 202037:07
Humility and Eroticism with Kate Hanch

Humility and Eroticism with Kate Hanch

What does humility have to do with the body? How did some feminine mystics live this? What is withness? What can we learn about humility and eroticism from Sojourner Truth? What does humility have to do with activism?  Listen as I talk with Dr. Hanch and we ponder these questions and more.

Reach Kate on Twitter.

Further Resources:

Mechthilde of Hackeborn

Books:

African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century Religious Activism By Joy Bostic

Vulnerability in Resistance Edited by Leticia Sabsay, Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde

Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality By Jennifer C. Nash

Sojourner Truth's America By Margaret Washington

Narrative of Sojourner Truth By Sojourner Truth. Compiled by Olive Gilbert and Frances W. Titus. With a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her “Book of Life.” Also a Memorial Chapter, Giving the Particulars of Her Last Illness and Death.

Articles:

“Love, Knowledge, and Mystical Union in Western Christianity: Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries.”  by Bernard McGinn, Church History v. 56, no. 1 (1987): 7–24.

“‘Uses of the Erotic’ for Teaching Queer Studies (The Uses of the Erotic, The Erotic as Power)." by Nikki Young, Women's Studies Quarterly v. 40, no. 3–4 (2012): 301–05.

Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com

May 28, 202026:05
Christians, Death, and Grieving with Sonja Lund
May 13, 202040:55
EcoEpistemology and Destabilizing Whiteness with Jay Potter, pt. 2
May 12, 202043:33
EcoEpistemology and Destabilizing Whiteness with Jay Potter, pt. 1
Apr 28, 202032:43
Dialectical Theology and Embodiment with Lauren R.E. Larkin
Apr 15, 202045:39
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 3
Apr 01, 202042:36
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 2
Apr 01, 202037:31
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 1

Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 1

What is relational theology, and what does it have to do with David and Jonathan of the Hebrew scriptures? In this episode, which is the first part of my conversation with Dirk von der Horst, we learn how he came to write the book Jonathan’s Loves, David’s Laments , and get into a discussion on what relational theology is.

For some further reading on relational theology, check out these works:

Carter Heyward: The Redemption of God: A Theology of Mutual Relation, Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and Love of God, Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality, and Liberation

Gary David Comstock: Gay Theology Without Apology

Lisa Isherwood and Elaine Bellchambers: Through Us, With Us, In Us: Relational Theologies in the Twenty-First Century

To contact Dirk von der Horst, find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirkster42_?s=20


Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, mixed by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com

Mar 10, 202038:18
Quakerism and The Women's Lectionary with Ashley M. Wilcox
Feb 16, 202032:18
Intro
Feb 04, 202008:15