10th Annual Ministry Conference
Undergirding most liberation theologies is the value and ultimate aim of action, change, and praxis: to be in solidarity and seek liberation. Whirling around the word ‘solidarity’ is a profusion of questions: What is it? What is the basis for being in it? With whom? Who is it for? Who are we when we are in solidarity?
This year the Annual Ministry Conference at the University of Chicago Divinity School is collaborating with seminarians from McCormick Theological Seminary, the Catholic Theological Union, the Lutheran School of Theology, and the Chicago Theological Seminary to investigate the multiplicity of questions within the activity of formation. Over the course of the academic year, participants are invited not to seek prescriptions about solidarity, but, instead to examine theoretical perspectives, practices in solidarity, as well as themselves in their own communities, and a contemporary case study of solidarity in America. This three-part exploration will attempt to form and re-form participants into community leaders who are equipped to address the multiple demands for solidarity.
Part II: Identity in Solidarity - February 6th, 2014, 5:30-8pm, at Chicago Theological Seminary
The second part of Widening the Circle seeks to creatively encourage participants to turn to themselves and their communities. Through art and performance, we want to engage the re-formation process of leadership development and facilitate a more robust response to the question: Who are we when we are in solidarity? Who is solidarity for?
Workshop: Theater of the Oppressed
Jasmin Cardenas will facilitate the workshop focusing on using theater for social awareness and change. Teachings in the workshop are based on the work of Brazilian playwright Augusto Boal, founder of The Theater ! of the Oppressed.
To register: https://identityinsolidarity.eventbrite.com
Part III: The Praxis of Solidarity - May 2, 2014, 9/10am-2pm at the University of Chicago Divinity School
PART I (November 14, 2013)
Recognizing that solidarity movements address a wide variety of justice issues, we seek to begin the conversation by hearing about the theoretical perspectives and personal commitments that are at stake in the praxis of solidarity. We will gather at McCormick Theological Seminary to hear from a panel of professors and practitioners from a variety of faith perspectives who will speak to the larger frameworks which motivate the activity of solidarity. A light dinner will be served. Suggested donation of $5 is welcomed but not required.
Mikki Kendall, writer and pop culture analyst. More info here.
Asaf Bar-Tura, Director of Programs at Jewish Council of Urban Affairs. More info here.
Heath Carter, Associate Professor and historian at Valparaiso University. More info here.