a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Theology as Advocacy on Death Row: The Story of Kelly Gissendaner
DR. JENNIFER M. MCBRIDE
McCormick Theological Seminary
FEBRUARY 2, 2018
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
310 Fifth Street SE, Cedar Rapids
$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch
Jennifer McBride was a theology professor and close friend of Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, until Kelly’s execution on September 30, 2015. As a leading activist in the international #kellyonmymind campaign, McBride tells the story of advocacy for Kelly and discusses the vital role of public theology in the campaign.
Dr. Jennifer M. McBride is Associate Dean of Doctor of Ministry Programs and Continuing Education and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Prior to McCormick, McBride served as the Board of Regents Endowed Chair in Ethics and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wartburg College, an ELCA church related school in Iowa (2011-2016), and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University (2008-2009). At Emory’s Candler School of Theology she served as Program Director for the Atlanta Theological Association’s Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison for Women (2009-2011).
McBride is author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010). She is president of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section and has served on its Board of Directors since 2008. Her work has appeared in popular publications like The Christian Century and CNN.com and has been featured in the New York Times.
Central to McBride’s teaching and research is the interaction of scholars and practitioners, a methodology that is implemented in her recent book, Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel (Fortress Press, 2017). As a Virginia Seminar Writing Fellow through the University of Virginia’s Project on Lived Theology, McBride spent a year as a full time participant-observer at the Open Door Community, an intentionally interracial, residential Christian activist and worshipping community in Atlanta, Georgia, that has been engaged in mercy and justice work on behalf of the homeless and prison populations for thirty-five years. Her book is rooted in her experiences teaching theology in a women’s prison and participating in the Open Door Community.
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