Intersections – Cedar Rapids

a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

Theology as Advocacy on Death Row: The Story of Kelly Gissendaner




McCormick Theological Seminary


FEBRUARY 2, 2018

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
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 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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Yes, there really is such thing as a free lunch!

lunchonusWe are rewarding you for bringing guests to Intersections! All you need to do is RSVP by the Tuesday prior to the luncheon as you’ve always done and include the name(s) of the person(s) you’ve invited to attend. Once five people new to Intersections have attended an educational luncheon upon your invitation, we’ll waive your fee for one Intersections (a $10 value)! And another perk: each guest dines at no cost on their first visit! The best part is, we’ll keep track of your guest attendance list for you, so no punch cards to keep track of or tickets to remember! Please feel free to contact Kristin with any questions: 515.279.8715 or Who are you going to invite?

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Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the intersection of religion and politics.