Doing Theology in Pandemics:
Facing Viruses, Violence, and Vitriol
A Public Lecture Series - Wisdom and Insights from Leading Theologians
Rita Nakashima Brock
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. She leads the organization’s efforts to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it. Dr. Brock was the Founding Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where she also was a Research Professor of Theology and Culture. She is co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War, Beacon Press, 2012, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, Beacon Press, 2001.
Danielle J. Buhuro
Rev. Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro, D.Min., an ordained clergymember of the United Church of Christ, currently serves as CPE Supervisor at three hospitals in Chicago. As an African American same-gender-loving person, Danielle Buhuro is committed to activism in the areas of race, gender and sexuality. She is currently a Ph.D student at Chicago Theological Seminary where her dissertation focus is social media violence specifically against Black heterosexual women, Black transgender women and Black Muslim women. Danielle Buhuro is the author of two books: Spiritual Care In An Age of #BlackLivesMatter: Examining the Spiritual and Prophetic Needs of African Americans in a Violent America; and Is There a Heaven for a “G”?: A Pastoral Care Approach to Gang Violence.
Stephanie M. Crumpton
A scholar, teacher and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Stephanie M. Crumpton. Th.D. is committed to the wellness and empowerment. She is the tenured Associate Professor of Practical Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary where she teaches introductory level courses on pastoral care and religious education, and elective courses on pastoral theological method for justice work, womanist/feminist pastoral care and counseling, and the role of African cosmology and ritual in pastoral care. Rev. Dr. Crumpton is also a yoga instructor who works with activists, organizers and socially engaged clergy around matters of identity and alignment.
Carrie Doehring is a professor of pastoral care at Iliff School of Theology. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA and licensed as a psychologist in Colorado and Massachusetts. She is the author of 38 chapters and articles, and three books. She recently co-edited the 2019 book Military moral injury and spiritual care: A resource for religious leaders and professional caregivers.
Rev. Dr. Danjuma Gibson, Ph.D. is a professor of pastoral care at Calvin Theological Seminary, and is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Grand Rapids, MI. His most recent book—Frederick Douglass, A Psychobiography: Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy(2018)—is an investigation into the formation of Douglass’ psychological and religious identity in the context of trauma and the American slavocracy. In addition psychological trauma, Dr. Gibson’s current research includes exploring the intersection of black religious experience, psychoanalytic discourse, and socioeconomic influences. Dr. Gibson earned his Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, Master of Arts in Urban Ministry and Master of Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Doctor of Philosophy from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Pastoral Theology, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Rev. Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D., is Academic Dean, CAO, and A.H. Reinhardt Professor of Theological Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry, a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. A native of Torino, Italy, Lettini is an ordained minister of the Waldensian Church. She studied theology at the Facoltà Valdese di Teologia in Rome and received her Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is a past President of the American Waldensian Society. Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (2012) with Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock. She is also the author of “Omosessualità” (2000), and an editor of the Italian version of the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies (2010), as well as book chapters and articles on feminist theologies, women’s issues, spirituality and justice, and movies and religion and moral injury. Lettini is a member of INTERFILM, and as such, was on the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, and Montreal film festivals.
Rachel S. Mikva
Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva serves as the Herman E. Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of the InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary. The Institute and the Seminary work at the cutting edge of theological education, training religious leaders who can build bridges across cultural and religious difference for the critical work of social transformation. With a passion for justice and academic expertise in the history of scriptural interpretation, Rabbi Mikva’s courses and publications address a range of Jewish and comparative studies, with a special interest in the intersections of sacred texts, culture and ethics.
Shelly Rambo is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her research and teaching interests focus on religious responses to suffering, trauma, and violence. Her work in providing theological responses to trauma has led to rich partnerships with military, health-care, and higher-education chaplains. She is author of Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining (Westminster John Knox, 2010), Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma (Baylor University Press, 2017), and a co-edited volume with Stephanie Arel, Post-Traumatic Public Theology (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).
Christina Amalia Repoley serves as the Senior Director of Experience Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration. Her team works to make spaces for discernment, connection, resourcing and community building amongst various FTE constituencies including young adults, campus ministries, high school youth theology institutes, denominational organizations, intentional communities and faith-rooted volunteer service organizations. Prior to joining FTE, Christina founded Quaker Voluntary Service and served as its Executive Director for seven years. Before that she served as Peacebuilding Director for the Southeast region of the American Friends Service Committee. She holds an MDiv from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a BA from Guilford College.
Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the author of the award-winning book. Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he currently serves as Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration, where his portfolio includes oversight of organizational thought leadership, resource development, and annual grant funding. Children’s Defense Fund selected Nobody Cries as the first book for its inaugural book club in 2019, as well as recognized him in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 as a “Great Teacher and Preacher.” He is president-elect of the Religious Education Association and serves on several boards supporting the next generation of religious leaders and educators of color. His current book project The Purpose Gap: Creating Conditions for a Life of Meaning and Purpose will be released by Westminster John Knox Press in the Spring of 2021. You can learn more about Patrick at patrickbreyes.com.
Cody J. Sanders
Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, where he also serves as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, & Ethical Life at MIT. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several books, including, A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth, and Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk.
Najeeba Syeed, J.D., is Associate Professor of Muslim and Interreligious Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary and director of Bayt Rahma, a center for Muslim healing justice. She is recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and social justice based research and twice received the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence in schools and in the area of interracial gang conflicts and was named Southern California Mediation Association’s “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2007. Professor Syeed received the 2017 Scholar-Activist Award from Auburn Seminary. Her peace and justice work has been the subject of news reports and documentaries as well such as this film which aired on NBC “Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives.” in 2020 her co-edited book (with Heidi Hadsell) “Critical Approaches to Interreligious Education: Experiments in Empathy,” a project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation was published . The title of her own forthcoming book is “Sacred Resistance: Interfaith Rituals of Faith Based Migration Activists.”
Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D. is co-founder of Center of the Heart (www.centeroftheheart.org) and founder of Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer. She is a pastoral counselor, lay Buddhist leader, and teacher of pastoral care and counseling. Yetunde is co-editor with Cheryl A. Giles of Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom (Shambhala Publications, 2020), Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Ayo teaches Buddhist chaplaincy at Upaya Institute and Zen Center.
Zachary Moon, Project Director
Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology and Psychology at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is a leading voice on moral injury and has published widely including two books, Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families (Chalice Press, 2015) and Warriors between Worlds: Moral Injury and Identities in Crisis (Lexington Books, 2019).
Katie Givens Kime, Producer
Pastoral theologian Rev. Katie Givens Kime, Ph.D. is the Director of Religion and Civic Engagement for Odyssey Impact, where she builds partnerships between the world of documentary film and theological and higher education institutions, communities of faith, and theo-justice entities. She directs the Odyssey Fellows program, and hosts Odyssey’s Healing the Healers live town halls, virtually convening leading faith leaders and chaplains, sharing candid peer-to-peer insights on how to respond and provide care amidst compounding crises.
PROJECT DIRECTOR - Rev. Zachary Moon Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Psychology, Chicago Theological Seminary
PRODUCER - Rev. Katie Givens Kime, Ph.D., Director of Religion and Civic Engagement, Odyssey Impact
For more information on this project, email Zachary Moon: [email protected]
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