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McDonald Lecture with Dr. M Shawn Copeland, Spring 2021

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 · 4:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

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.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College
Shawn Copeland, the 2020-2021 distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College. Her research interests converge around issues of theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history. From 1994 to 2003, Copeland was associate professor of systematic theology at Marquette University; from 1989 to 1994, she taught at Yale University Divinity School. From 1994 through 2005, she regularly taught systematic theology in the degree program at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. Copeland is a former convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president (2003-2004) of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is author of more than 80 articles, reviews, and book chapters; her more recent publications include Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (2010). Copeland holds a Ph.D. from Boston College/Andover Newton Theological School.
Webinar hosting presenter
Professor of Church History; Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs; Director of International Initiatives
In addition to teaching church history at Candler since 1997, Dr. Jonathan Strom is the director of international initiatives, helping Candler students navigate the opportunities for study abroad while in seminary. Strom was named associate dean of faculty and academic affairs in 2015 and promoted to SeniorAssociateDean of Faculty and Academic Affairs in 2019.

Strom’s research interests include Pietism in continental Europe, the history of the Protestant clergy, and the emergence of modern forms of piety and religious practice. He has written widely on the clergy, lay religion, and reform movements in post-Reformation Germany, and is the author/editor of five books, most recently German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion (Penn State Press, 2018). Strom is currently at work on one project, the history of the common priesthood.
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