June 17-20, 2019
12th ANNUAL THEOLOGY & PEACE CONFERENCE
“Beloved Community as the Way from Scapegoating to Ubuntu”
American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee
Speakers Include: Rev. Naomi Tutu, Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Rev. Thee Smith Ph.D., Rev. Janet Wolf, James Warren
MIMETIC THEORY, as articulated by René Girard, offers profound insight into human nature, desire, rivalry and the tendency to create scapegoats on both the individual and systemic levels.
Martin Luther King‘s vision of BELOVED COMMUNITY offers an antidote to the disease that mimetic theory diagnoses.
Coming out of the context of apartheid South Africa, Desmond Tutu‘s theology of UBUNTU helps us understand our inter-dependence as a fundamental truth of being human, namely, that “I am only because we are.”
The Beloved Community affords us the opportunity to move beyond our tribal tendencies and the scapegoat mechanism that insidiously infects our hearts, our communities, our political institutions and even our churches, and to enjoy inter-dependence and inter-dividuality in the spirit of Ubuntu.
In partnership with American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee
Since 2018 American Baptist College has been our partner in hosting the Theology & Peace Annual Conference. The mission of ABC is educating, graduating and preparing a predominantly African American student population for Christian leadership, service and social justice in the world. The school offers a quality educational program with a liberal arts emphasis, equipping diverse students intellectually, morally, spiritually, socially and theologically.
Sponsored by THE RAVEN FOUNDATION