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Taylor, Mark Lewis

Mark Taylor is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. His most recent book is Religion, Politics and the Christian Right: Post-9/11 Politics and American Empire. He is currently speaking on themes of post-9/ll U.S. culture, the politics of empire, and the ways white racism pervades U.S. interests in empire and religious practice within the U.S. and globally.

In his book The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America (2001), Taylor addressed theologically the issues of the contemporary prison-industrial complex, police brutality and the death penalty. This book won “Best General Interest Award” from the American Theological Association. He is also the author of, Remembering Esperanza: A Cultural-Political Theology for North American Praxis (1990), Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries (1987), and co-author of Reconstructing Christian Theology (1996) and other books and numerous articles.

He is national coordinator of “Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal” a group of 800 university teachers organizing for a new trial for Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row since 1982.

He has also been an activist in the current anti-war movement, in “No More Prisons!” movements and regarding policy issues in Mexico and Latin America. He has numerous essays and columns in professional journals, magazines and newspapers on issues of justice and peace in theology and religion.

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SPEAKING SCHEDULE 2006

January 27 – Richmond, VA, Colloquy on Racism and the Reformed Tradition. Keynote Address, “White Racist Regime and Theology: Exploring Anti-Racist Theology”

February 8-10 – Saskatchewan, CAN. St. Andrews University. “Global Empire and Christian Prophetic Action.” Three lectures.

February 16 – Princeton, NJ.  Princeton Public Library. “Hope in the Present Moment of Crisis.” Lecture and book signing for Religion, Politics and the Christian Right.

March 24 – Wheaton College, IL. “American Evangelicalism and Prophetic Spirit”

April 5 – Trenton, NJ. Union Baptist Church. “Gangs in the Street/Gangs in America”

April 26 – Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. New York Theological Seminary.

May 21 – Albany, NY. “To the Brow of the Hill” Sermon against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Westminster Presbyterian Chruch. Lecture on the “Barmen Declaration Today.”

June 8 – Princeton, NJ. “Thinking the Prophetic Today.” Doctor of Ministry Workshop lecture.

June 14 – Birmingham, ALA. “What’s Going on in the USA? – Rise of an Imperial Triumvirate?” Keynote address, Witherspoon Society. General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

July 10-15 – Manila, PHILIPPINES. Working Paper Presented: “U.S. Global Empire: A Theological Response.” Consulting for drafting theological declaration on global empire, for World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

October 17 - "Religion and Politics: Tillich's Approach," course visitation, New York Theological Seminary, Riverside Church, New York City.

October 21 - "Globalization and Empire," paper presented for conference, "Theological Educators for Social Witness Policy, Princeton, New Jersey

November 3, "Teaching Critical Race Theory at Princeton Seminary," an anti-racism presentation, Racism and the Reformed Tradition Colloquy, Union Theological Seminary/Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia.

November 20 – Panel Response to Jim Wallis' God's Politics. Washington, D.C.  Renaissance Washington Hotel, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

SPEAKING SCHEDULE 2007

Jan. 19-20. Seattle, WA. Lecture: "Toward a Spirit of Revolutionary Populism."

Feb. 11 and 19. "Racism in a Multicultural City" Middle Collegiate Church, New York City