2021 Liberating Theologies Speaker Series

The Liberating Theologies Speaker Series is going global this year with a two-day virtual experience!

Liberating Theologies is back and better than ever! During this global and virtual two-day experience, Liberating Theologies Speaker Series will feature emerging and established theologians who will share their radical, culture-shifting theological interpretations and perspectives. Join us as we explore the challenges and opportunities of international communities-of-faith as a “new world order” emerges in the face of continued colonial, white supremacist legislation and violence. Get ready to delve into varying theological perspectives to inform how we make change in our current socio-political climate. REGISTER today for FREE to reserve your spot!

Presented in partnership with Union Theological Seminary, this event is an extension of The Freedom Center for Social Justice’s “Do No Harm” initiative, which works with people of faith and the broader community in North Carolina to shift culture and narratives that cause harm through the interpretation of Holy Text and other religious writing.

Liberating Theologies captures the spirit of our work — it brings the community together to explore and discuss ideas that have the potential to change the ways people think, which changes the way people act, which change the way change relate to one other. It’s about reawakening the radical activist in each of us and equipping people with perspectives that have the power to change minds, hearts, and policies.

Liberating Theologies belongs to our Faith-Based Organizing body of work and provides an opportunity for people to question religious narratives and ideas that have been used to oppress people and to explore perspectives that affirm the dignity and humanity of all.


About our 2021 Featured Speaker: Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes


Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes,
 an American Baptist clergywoman, is a native of Durham, North Carolina.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University.  Dr. Townes is a Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, becoming the first African American to serve as Dean of the Divinity School in 2013.  She is the former Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School and in the fall of 2005, she was the first African American woman elected to the presidential line of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and served as president in 2008.

In addition to our featured speaker, we will have international theologians sharing their work and perspectives with a cohort of emerging activists, leaders, artists, and theologians, followed by a panel moderated and discussion space by Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes.

The Liberating Theologies Alumni Network

We are now offering exclusive benefits to past attendees as part of the Liberating TheologiesAlumni Network (LTAN). Members of the closed network will receive exclusive information about the speaker series, advance access to registration, discounted admission, and additional resources and future Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities.

Click here to join the Liberating Theologies Alumni Network Facebook group.

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor for Liberating Theologies?

If you are a part of an organization that would like to make a bold statement about the importance of restorative justice for those in the LGBTQ community who have been religiously ostracized, please consider becoming an event sponsor!  Email Nia Nelson, FCSJ’s Liberating Theologies Coordinator, for sponsorship information at communications@fcsj.org.