Carlos Motta, Deus Pobre: Modern Sermons of Communal Lament, 2011 (still). Video, 32 min. Courtesy Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Queer theology, feminist theology, and a host of new theological movements have transformed American religions but they have done little to disrupt the political economies of otherness. In a culture that is at once deeply spiritual and ideologically secular, the divides between exclusive claims on religion, culture, and politics has prevented meaningful coalitions across these divides to create social change. This talk will examine queer and feminist theologies for ideas for systemic change across political divides.
Jared Gilbert is a Master of Divinity candidate (2012) at Yale Divinity School, where he is the current student body president and the former co-chair of the LGBTQ Coalition. Jared’s interest in theologies of liberation comes out of his own experiences and study of repressive and emancipatory theologies of sexuality, and his studies in womanist theology with Emilie Townes. He recently traveled to Dares Salaam, Tanzania, to explore liberation theologies and social change through participatory theater and is currently researching and writing a practical liberationist ecclesiology. He is preparing for urban ministry in Brooklyn as a pastor with the United Church of Christ.