Events

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all our events are being held online. You can register to attend via Zoom, or you can watch them via livestream on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Opening Weekend

October 22, 2011

Come celebrate the inauguration of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice at Stony Point Center, which...

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Reception at Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion annual meeting

November 20, 2011, 8:00-9:00pm

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, in conjunction with Wipf & Stock publishers, will honor its...

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Laurel Dykstra teaching class based on Liberating Biblical Study

March 12, 2012, 7:00pm

Laurel Dykstra, co-editor of Liberating Biblical Study, will be teaching a nine-week class based on the book starting April 12....

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A Seminar on the Bible and Social Justice: What does the Bible really say about politics?

September 29, 2012, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Dr. Norman K. Gottwald The Old Testament and Politics <a class=”button tiny hollow”http://www.ustream.tv/user/clbsj”>Video</a> 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon Dr. Obery...

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Birmingham and the Bible

November 02, 2013, 10:00am

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the events in Birmingham, Alabama, the Center and library for...

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Lifting the Veil

January 04, 2014, 7:00pm

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Palestine/Israel Delegation and their InterFaith PeaceBuilders Delegation Organizers will spend an evening at the Center &...

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Gordon Oyer to discuss “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest”

September 26, 2014, 7:00pm

Where we are going is where we went a long time ago. Over the falls. We are in a new...

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The Hebrew Prophets Now!

November 13, 2014

Akin to the Hebrew prophets, we live at a time of monumental change and challenge.  In this workshop we studied...

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Telling the Stories of Jesus as a Strategy for Social Justice and Peacemaking in the Global Community.

May 31, 2015

A weekend workshop of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International & The Center and Library for the Bible and Social...

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Ched Myers and Rabbi Arthur Waskow on Deep Ecumenism

July 07, 2015

July 15, at 7:00 P.M.  The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, will co-host activists and theologians,...

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The Art of Contextual Bible Study - Webinar

March 03, 2016

Please join the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, this spring, for a St. Ambrose University Bible & Justice Conference...

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The Word is Action: Engaging the Bible and Social Justice in memory of Walter Wink

October 20, 2016

In the 21st Century, the work of activists in the field of social justice has become increasingly intersectional. The environmental...

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Norman Gottwald's Tribes of Yahweh

September 13, 2018, 7:00pm Eastern Time

Join resident scholar Norman Gottwald to discuss his seminal book and its continuing relevance for today's movements against poverty and for poor people's liberation.

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: James Cone's A Black Theology of Liberation

October 25, 2018, 7:00pm Eastern Time

Join the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice to discuss James Cone's seminal book and it's continuing relevance for today's movements for racial justice and liberation theology.

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Radical Jesus by John Vincent

October 25, 2018, 7:15pm Eastern Time

On November 5, 2019, we will continue our Seminal Books Salon Series in which we discuss books that have influenced movements.

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Feminist Theology

January 10, 2019

January 2019 Seminal Books Conversation in Feminist Theology

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Perspectives on Earth Care

March 07, 2019

On March 14, we will continue our Seminal Books Salon Series in which we discuss books that have influenced movements....

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Palestinian Liberation Theology

May 09, 2019

On May 9, 2019, we will continue our Seminal Books Salon Series in which we discuss books that have influenced...

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Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Seminal Books in Activist Theology: Poverty and Poor People’s Organizing

June 13, 2019

On June 13, 2019, we will continue our Seminal Books Salon Series in which we discuss books that have influenced...

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John Vincent, Elder Scholar-Activist of Radical Christianity, to Visit NY in November 2019

October 12, 2019

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, Jersey City Together, New York Theological Seminary and the Urban Theology Unit North America are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. John Vincent for a series of seminars and discussions on contextual urban ministry in the greater NYC region.

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CLBSJ Roundtable Discussion at AAR/SBL

October 12, 2019

Are you attending the 2019 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA? Please join us on Sunday, 24 November 24 2019, 6:00–7:30pm for a roundtable discussion on “Maintaining Dialogue Between the Seminary, the Sanctuary, and the Streets."

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Charo Ureña and Amy Dalton

July 16, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, faith-rooted organizers Amy Dalton and Rosarion "Charo" Ureña will discuss their work within the immigrant rights movement, their seminary studies, and how their faith has evolved through their activist journey.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Mauricio Salgado and Ched Myers

August 20, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Activist theologian Ched Myers and Drama Professor Mauricio Tafur Salgado will discuss their work to create capacity for movement-building through arts, documentation and scholarship, and the way this work has shaped and been shaped by their faith.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Sphynx Eben and Norman Gottwald

September 17, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Biblical scholar Norman Gottwald and anti-colonial organizer Sphynx Eben will discuss their strivings for a world free of structural racism — in the United States, Ambazonia (West Africa) and worldwide — and how the Bible and their Baptist upbringings have shaped their work and commitment.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Traci West and Nicholas Johnson

October 15, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, pastor-scholar-activists Nicholas Johnson and Traci West will explore how they work to build bridges between the seminary, sanctuary and the streets, and the role that scripture and inter-generational conversation plays in this process.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: abby mohaupt and Rick Ufford-Chase

November 19, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, faith-rooted scholar-activists Rick Ufford-Chase and Rev. Abby Mohaupt will share about their work for environmental and racial justice within the Presbyterian Church USA and beyond.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Weldon Nisly and Tom Boomershine

December 17, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, lifelong peace activist Weldon Nisly and Biblical scholar Tom Boomershine will discuss their work to understand and respond to the Gospel's call to peacemaking within the academy, within Christian community, and in conflict zones around the world.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Dong Hyeon Jeong and Nicholas Johnson

January 21, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, CLBSJ Board Chair Nicholas Johnson will be joined by Korean-Filipino New Testament scholar Dong Hyeon Jeong to discuss their commitment to a pedagogy and an evangelism that is intersectional, liberating, critical, and de/re-constructive.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Mark 14:1-11 led by Brigitte Kahl

February 18, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Dr. Brigitte Kahl of the Union Theological Seminary New Testament Department will lead us in an exploration of Mark 14:1-11, which appears in the lectionary at the end of Lent this year. This section contains the often misused verse "For you will always have the poor with you," in verse 7.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Deuteronomy 15 led by Norman Gottwald

February 25, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, CLBSJ co-founder Dr. Norman Gottwald will continue the exploration of "the poor will always be with you" by looking at Hebrew Testament parallels in Deuteronomy 15:11 and related texts.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Exodus 20:1-17 led by Rick Ufford-Chase

March 04, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Rick Ufford-Chase will explore a collective reading of the Ten Commandments, which appears in this week's lectionary. These texts, which are normally experienced as referring to personal morality, have been used to target and persecute those whose speech or behavior is seen as deviant from the norm.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of John 3:14-21 led by Sharifa Vernice Meytung

March 11, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Sr. Sharifa Vernice Meytung, OLC, will lead us in an experience-based exploration of John 3:14-21, which appears in the lectionary this week.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Mark 12:13-17 led by Dong Hyeon Jeong

March 18, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Rev. Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong will present an alternative reading of Mark 12:13-17, in which Jesus discusses taxation with the Pharisees and Herodians. This passage contains the instruction to "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's," which has often been used to imply the need for blind acceptance of authority.

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Esther 1-2, led by Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

March 25, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

This session will be led Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar. Ericka will explore the layered theme of “chosenness” in Esther chapters 1...

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Study of Philippians 2:5-11, led by Crystal Hall

April 01, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

Our final session will be held on Maundy Thursday and led by Dr. Crystal L. Hall, Assistant Professor of Biblical...

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Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox": Invitation to Debrief and Vision

April 15, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

Calling all Bible-o-Philes! Please join us on Thursday April 15, 7:30pm Eastern Time, to help shape CLBSJ’s emerging approach to...

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Rabbi Michael Feinberg and Dr. Norman Gottwald

May 20, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice and the Religion and Socialism Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America invite you to a special Scholar-Activist Encounter featuring Rabbi Michael Feinberg and Dr. Norman Gottwald. The focus of the discussion will be the continuing relevance of Dr. Gottwald’s 1979 book Tribes of Yahweh: A Sociology of the Religion of Liberated Israel, 1250-1050 BCE. We will present an overview of its central thesis regarding political and socioloigcal dynamics surrounding the emergence of the Jewish people, including his nontraditional reading of the slaughter of the Canaanites. We will then discuss how Dr. Gottwald’s thesis influenced activists like Rabbi Feinberg, how his thinking has evolved since it’s publication, and how these ideas are relevant for multifaith movement-building today.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: New Ways of Seeing Mark 5:1-20

June 17, 2021, 7:00pm Eastern Time

CLBSJ is pleased to collaborate with the Alternative Seminary to host a roundtable discussion on new understandings of Mark 5:1-20, the healing of the Gerasene Demoniac, that prioritize marginalized and invisibilized perspectives. New Testament scholars Brian James Tipton, Eric Thomas and Peter McLellan will share about their research followed by an open dialogue about the implications of these ideas for movements for justice and peace.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Discussion of Healing Haunted Histories with Sweetwater Cultural Center

July 15, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

On July 15, 2021, CLBSJ will welcome Elaine Enns and Ched Myers for a discussion of their newest book, Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization. They will be joined by Maria De Freece Lawrence (Lenape), founding Board Member of the Sweetwater Cultural Center, an indigenous-led organization that is featured in Ched and Elaine’s book as an example of indigenous-settler solidarity.

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Why Black Religion Matters

Why Black Religion Matters: Lisa Bowens

August 03, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Lisa M. Bowens, will discuss her research on the variety of ways that African American communities have utilized Paul in their efforts to protest and resist slavery and oppression. Dr. Bowens is associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, and author of _African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance, and Transformation._

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Why Black Religion Matters

Why Black Religion Matters: Onleilove Alston

August 10, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Minister Onleilove Chika Alston will speak about African Jews & The Black Freedom Movement. Minister Alston is the Interfaith Center of New York's Racial Justice Organizing Fellow and author of _Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny._

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Why Black Religion Matters

Why Black Religion Matters: Aliou Niang

August 17, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Aliou Niang will speak on the role of Christianity and African traditional religion in bolstering the resistance to French colonialism in West Africa. Dr. Niang is Associate Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary and author of _Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods._

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Why Black Religion Matters

Why Black Religion Matters: Sister Sharifa Vernice Meytung

August 24, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

In this session, Sister Sharifa Vernice Meytung will explore the parallels between traditional African fables, the Jakata tales from the Buddhist tradition, and the parables of Jesus. Sister Sharifa is an artist, haijin (a writer of haiku poetry), teacher and lay religious practitioner in the Catholic and Buddhist traditions.

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Why Black Religion Matters

Why Black Religion Matters: "Potluck and Processing" led by Sherly Fabre

August 31, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

All are invited to come together to "digest" the perspectives that have been shared during CLBSJ's inaugural Black August series, to share additional insights, and to discuss how to build on it going forward. Series host Sherly Fabre will offer reflections on Black August that come from her Haitian heritage and her Muslim faith practice.

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Scholar-Activist Encounters

Scholar-Activist Encounters: Rabia Harris & Sarah Henkel

September 23, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern Time

Muslim scholar and writer Rabia Terri Harris will dialogue with Christian pastor and activist Sarah Henkel about the parallels between the Qu'ran and the Bible.

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Events Series

Why Black Religion Matters

A deep dive into the transformative and revolutionary aspects of Black religion.

Upcoming events in this series

Past events in this series

Scholar-Activist Encounters

How do activism and scholarship contribute to our understanding of Scripture in the world today?

Reclaiming the Bible: A Lenten "Detox"

All are welcome on this journey to reclaim some neglected spaces in the Christian scripture.

Seminal Books in Activist Theology

Reading and discussing books that help to galvanize faith-based consciousness in movement.

Upcoming events in this series

Past events in this series