Social Justice


Digging into the Earth for Ecojustice and Wellness

Tina Pippin, Agnes Scott College “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” This quote from environmentalist David Orr expresses the importance of our interconnection with our earth. For my undergraduate students, especially in the midst of the COVID pandemic, an…

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Race Matters in the Classroom

It’s a Matrix

emilie m. townes
Dean and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society
Vanderbilt Divinity School The opening paragraph of the Vanderbilt University Statement of Commitments: The Divinity School is committed to the faith that brought the church into being, and it believes that one comes more authentically to grasp that faith by a critical and open examination of the Hebraic and Christian traditions. It understands this faith to have import for the common life of men and women in the world. Thus the school is committed to assisting its community in achieving a critical and.

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Race Matters in the Classroom

Teaching in Times of Ferguson: A Personal Reflection on Social Justice Pedagogy in a Theological School

Elias Ortega-Aponte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinos/a Religions and Cultural Studies
Drew University

As I geared up to teach two social justice themed courses this Fall, my summer preparations were disrupted by the news of two tragedies and the reflections they prompted. First was the death of Omar Abrego, beaten to death by police on August 2 in Los Angeles. Witness reports claim that Abrego was taken out of his car and beaten up by two police officers for at least 10 minutes, and left in a pool of blood. The father of three would die hours later in a

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