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Dharma and Justice: Buddhist and Christian Womanist Liberation
March 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Womanist theology reexamines a religion’s practices, rituals, scriptural canon and its interpretation with a moral perspective that empowers and liberates Black women, their communities, and arguably all in the wake of such a radical shift. Join us on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm EST, for a dynamic conversation between the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, author of Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (1999), the groundbreaking and widely taught book that was the first to address the issue of homophobia within the black church community and Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde, a co-editor of the recent publication, Black and Buddhist What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom(2020). This event is part of the Dharma and Justice Dialogue series brought to you by the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism.
How do Buddhist and Christian Womanist Liberation theologies relate to one another? In our movements to support the liberation of all through a womanist lens, how are we perhaps seeing things differently in important ways? The Black Buddhist voice is being lifted up in exciting ways in the last several years with an amplified voice in the recent book, Black and Buddhist What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom. Are there possible transferable lessons from the experience of Christian Womanist Theologians that would support this growing national Buddhist Womanist voice?
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D. is the co-editor of Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala Publications, 2020), Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She is the co-founder of Center of the Heart (www.centeroftheheart.org) and founder of Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer. Ayo also works as a pastoral counselor and chaplain.
Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union and Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology, Union Theological Seminary also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street. Douglas’ other books include The Black Christ (1994, 25th Anniversary edition 2019), What’s Faith Got to Do with It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls (2005) and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant (2012), which seeks to move the black church beyond its oppressive views toward LGBTQ bodies and sexuality in general.
In addition, Dean Douglas is the co-editor of Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection (2010). She has been a pioneering and highly sought-after voice in regard to addressing sexual issues in relation to the black religious community. She has been very active in advocating equal rights for LGBTQ persons.