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The Truth and Reconciliation Project

Vanderbilt Divinity School, in partnership with Gideon’s Army and the Nashville community, will host four Truth and Reconciliation Hearings on Policing. We will invite black, brown, queer, and white allies to tell and listen to personal stories of police abuse and dehumanizing local policing practices. Those giving testimony will help uncover the experience of policing, its methodologies, and habits. From these transcripts the community (and hopefully with cooperation from Metro Nashville Police Department) we will: (1) to further develop a Citizen Oversight Board, (2) to understand and challenge policing policy and procedure in Nashville, beginning with a commitment by the police to reassess its policy and procedures and treatment of communities of color, (3) to negotiate a community covenant will that includes ten expectations for how we treat each other in the process of human centered policing in the community to preempt the phenomenon of police brutality and violence toward police in Nashville, and (4) to develop continuing education seminars on race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, community centered policing, and restorative justice.

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Emerging Scholars Lecture

Vanderbilt Divinity School and the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion announces the Emerging Scholars Lecture to be delivered by Ann Hidalgo. Her is titled, Estamos aquí/We are Here: Denouncing Colonialist, Racist, and Sexist Theology Liturgically." The lecture will examine liturgies from Latin America that sing the ideals of liberation theology. Spanning the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, these liturgies from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, and Chile confront the long tradition—imposed and inherited—of colonialist, racist, and sexist theology and offer alternative visions born out of the living contexts of the communities that created them.

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