Candler School of Theology welcomes Dr. M. Shawn Copeland as this year's Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture. Copeland will give the Spring 2021 McDonald Lecture, "Beyond Imagining to Resurrection" as a webinar. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Jonathan Strom, Professor of Church History; Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs; Director of International Initiatives, Candler School of Theology.
The Jewish rabbi Jesus of Nazareth imagined a new empire––God’s empire. This message appealed to eager crowds, but it aroused suspicion among imperial and religious authorities. Charged with sedition, Jesus was executed as a political criminal, buried in a borrowed and heavily guarded tomb. The authorities even his disciples considered that Jesus’ political vision ended with his death, but something beyond all imagining happened … resurrection.
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland is a Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College. She is known for her work in theological anthropology, political theology, and African American Catholic theology.
This event is made possible by the McDonald Agape Foundation, with additional support provided by The Aquinas Center at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.