Liberation Theology, BLM, and CRT

Liberation Theology, BLM, and CRT

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Berenson, berenson@roanoke.edu

The Rev. Dr. David Jones will address the topic "Faith and Freedom: The Intersection of Liberation Theology, BLM, and CRT." In the last two years, we have seen the renewal of debate and even civil unrest about the experience and treatment of black and brown people in the United States. Liberation Theology understands the ministry of Jesus as focused on political, social, economic liberation for the oppressed. Originally a movement within Catholicism in Latin America in the ‘60’s, Liberation Theology was taken up by Black theologians in the U.S. starting in the ‘70s, and since then has found reception across the world. How does this approach to Christian theology intersect with current social movements and perspectives that foreground the lasting effects of racism in our society?

The Rev. Dr. David Jones is the minister at the Williams Memorial Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. A native of Michigan, Rev. Jones holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an MA in Religious Studies from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, and both a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Samuel DeWitt Procter School of Theology of Virginia Union University.

Sponsored by the Department of Religion & Philosophy, the Center for the Study of the Structures of Race, the Office of Multcultural Affairs, and the Dean's Office.