In partnership with the Scarritt-Bennett Center, Vanderbilt Divinity School offers laity and clergy the opportunity to explore different ways to combine leadership development through justice-making via lectures by poets and writers, workshops on social change, other artistic media, and a Civil Rights immersion. This partnership draws on the expertise of both institutions and their historic commitments to offer people of faith resources for building a more just and faithful future.
The Fall 2016 Transformative Justice series dates are:
Septemeber 29th, 2016
Conversation & Workshop
Ina Corinne Brown Lecture
A native of rural North Carolina, Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance and is deeply invested in southern movement building and the fi ght for Black liberation. The Ina Corinne Brown Lecture is supported by a gift from Nadine Hardin-Miller to honor Brown, professor of social anthropology and professor emeritus at Scarritt College (1942-1966), and all women who work for racial justice in the U.S. South.
September 30-October 1, 2016
Action Summit: Restoring Justice in the City
featuring keynote speaker
Marian Wright Edelman
Founder & President of the Children's Defense Fund
Building on Re-Visioning Justice in America 2015, The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership is pleased to host a second conference addressing mass incarceration and fostering restorative justice. Join us at the Baptist World Center on Sept. 30–Oct 1, 2016, to explore new initiatives and action plans.
October 6-7, 2016
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Benton Chapel
London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies
Huron University College
October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
The Landed Muslim, At Home, On the Earth
October 7, 2016, 10:00 am
Solomon and the Ant: A Qur’anic Story of Perspective
Ingrid Mattson is a scholar of Islamic Studies, an expert in interfaith relations and a Muslim religious leader. Since Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 "for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion." Cole's gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.
December 3, 2016
Relevant Religion Series
Reaching for Hope and Building Justice in a Time of Lament: The Embodied Realities of Spiritual Trauma
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Reading Room
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
$15, free for students
Dr. Phillis Sheppard, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey, Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice, Boston University School of Theology
Together we will explore the ways that we recognize and name spiritual trauma. Together we will call attention to the violent spiritual, emotional, and physical trauma that is inflicted on specific human bodies: black and brown bodies; queer, gay, lesbian, and bisexual bodies; transgender bodies; female bodies; immigrant and refugee bodies. Together, using womanist, feminist, and queer theologies, we will discover and hone tools and practices that support individual and systemic healing.