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Transformative Justice

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
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Reading Room 

Ina Corinne Brown Lecture
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scarritt Bennett Center, Wightman Chapel

Monica Raye Simpson
Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

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 2015The 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

Cole Lectures
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Benton Chapel 

Ingrid Mattson
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.