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Resurrection Hope: A Conversation with the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

December 15 at 6-7:30 p.m.

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The Center for Barth Studies and the Betsey Stockton Center for Black Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary are co-hosting a conversation with the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas to discuss her new book, Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter. Douglas has been a leading voice in interrogating the intersection of theological thought and black existence during this critical historical moment in America which has witnessed the prophetic rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter.” In her new book, Douglas seeks to respond to the theological question from her son: “How do we really know that God cares when Black people are still getting killed? How long do we have to wait for the justice of God?” Through a sobering analysis of the anti-Blackness inherent in both the foundation of America as a nation and Christianity itself, Douglas tries to capture the depth of the problem when it comes to the threat against black lives. In the second part of her book, Douglas offers a theological response to her diagnosis of America’s racial problem in an effort to answer her son’s sobering question if Black lives actually matter to God. The discussion with Douglas will be followed by questions from the audience.


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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.

Dean Douglas’ academic work has focused on womanist theology, sexuality and the Black church, and racial and social justice. Prior to Union, she 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).

In addition to preaching in pulpits across the nation and speaking at universities around the globe, Dean Douglas is a frequent and vocal presence in today’s print, broadcast, and digital public square, speaking on racial and social justice, among other matters.

She is the author of numerous articles, op-eds, and books, including her most recent book, Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter (November 2021, Orbis Books). Other books include Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dean Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a PhD in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary.


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