SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER
Conference Theme: Viral Care and Viral Justice in an Apocalyptic World
COVID-19 exacerbated the many horrors that individuals, families, and communities throughout the globe experience every day. Inadequate health care, unjust wages and lack of workers’ rights, food deserts and malnutrition, fascism, cultural and environmental imperialism, and corrupt leadership are but some of the myriad oppressions plaguing our world. The United States is enduring the triune pandemics of COVID-19, white nationalist supremacism, and neoliberal globalization in a manner that defies the vision for God’s intended creation. We are living in a seemingly apocalyptic world as we glimpse what a ruined, dystopian future might look like.
Our discipline calls us to speak into the public sphere and to extend viral care and advocate for viral justice. The 2021 Annual Meeting and study conference affords us the opportunity to learn from those inside and outside our Society who are positioned to speak prophetic truth into our apocalyptic world and ivory-towered privilege. We invite a wide range of practitioners from various spheres and disciplines to aid Society members in articulating a public theology of viral care and viral justice in an apocalyptic world. Our hope is that the fruit of the online conference will (1) highlight humanity’s capacity for resilience and resistance amid brokenness and horror, (2) inform pastoral theological praxis and scholarship that radically envisions new societies and modes of human flourishing, and (3) confirm our commitment to stand in solidarity with communities who have been and will be most impacted by these triune pandemics for years to come.
Conference registration opens Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the conference website: https://www.accelevents.com/e/spt2021
Conference registration allows you to view recordings of conference proceedings in the event that you cannot attend live.
Only SPT Members who have paid their 2021 Membership Dues will receive an email containing the DISCOUNT CODE needed for member pricing on conference registration.
We are pleased to announce that Liz Theoharis will be our Plenary Speaker!
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II that organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America and has since emerged as one of the nation’s leading social movement forces. She is the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. Liz received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2004 where she was the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar; and her PhD from Union in New Testament and Christian Origins. She has been published in THE NEW YORK TIMES, Time Magazine, CNN, The Guardian, Sojourners, The Nation, and others. In 2018, she gave the “Building a Moral Movement” TEDtalk at TEDWomen, was named one of the Politico 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries whose ideas are driving politics”, and was also named a Women of Faith recipient by the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 2019, she was a Selma “Bridge” Award recipient and named one of 11 Women Shaping the Church by SOJOURNERS. In 2020 she was named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress.