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Karolinensaal ©Leonhard Simon - Amerikahaus München

Angela N. Parker: The Empire MUST Fail - Re-Imagining Black Ecological Futures with Paul's Creation Language in Romans 8

Thursday, March 16th 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Please note: Due to travel complications, the event date has been moved from Tuesday, March 14, 2023, to Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Through a nuanced reading of Romans 8:18-24, Parker re-imagines what black ecological futures must entail as we engage Paul's language of solidarity with creation. In previous verses, Paul has shown solidarity across the family of God and other identities (including Creation). However, in taking Paul further, Parker asks how contemporary Jesus followers should move forward in these solidarities today? Can movements that claim to care for Creation ignore the continued "groaning" that Black Lives Matter? Further, how do movements bring about the failure of Empire so that marginalized Black bodies AND Creation experience transformation and move out of "groaning?" For all of this to happen, Empires must fail. How do we bring about that failure?

This is the public keynote of the workshop „Ecologies in Black Liberation“; the workshop takes place as part of the network „Bridging Black Freedom Struggles: German and U.S. American Perspectives“

Photo: Karolinensaal at Amerikahaus ©Leonhard Simon, Amerikahaus München

Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. She is also the author of If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority and the forthcoming book Bodies, Violence, & Emotions: A Womanist Study of the Gospel of Mark.

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Parker serves as co-chair for the Paul and Politics Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a committee member of American Academy of Religion’s Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Committee.

For further information, please visit the Mercer University Website.

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