Scholar-Activist Encounter: Charo Ureña and Amy Dalton

Scholar-Activist Encounters

July 16, 2020, 7:30pm Eastern Time

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

In this session, faith-rooted organizers Amy Dalton and Rosario “Charo” Ureña will discuss their work within the immigrant rights movement, their seminary studies, and how their faith has evolved through their activist journey. Advance registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by Proyecto Faro.

About the participants

Rosario “Charo” Urena is a minister, organizer and the founding director of Proyecto Faro, an immigrant-led organizing project based in Stony Point, NY. A Dominican immigrant who has experienced being undocumented in the United States, her passion for social justice was catalyzed by the experience of advocating for her mobile home community after it was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. She has extensive church leadership experience — including as a cell leader, transportation director, food pantry director, events and retreats coordinator, and missions trip coordinator — which she puts to use in her organizing work. She is a graduate of the Kairos Course, having been sponsored by Redemptive Word Ministry in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She enjoys spending time with her soul mate, two daughters and one precious granddaughter; and in crafts painting.

Amy Dalton is a faith-rooted scholar-activist who has been an “observer-participant” in many social justice movements, including Black Lives Matter and African solidarity organizing, the sanctuary movement and immigrant advocacy, the global indymedia network, death penalty and prison abolition, student-labor solidarity, women’s and LGBTQIA liberation. She is a member of the support team of Proyecto Faro, a founding member of the Ambazonia Prisoners of Conscience Support Network, a member of the Community of Living Traditions, and serves on the board of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice (CLBSJ). Amy holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary with a research focus in faith-based community organizing, and a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore College with research focuses in prison history, anthropology of religion and Marxist social theory. She was raised primarily as a United Methodist, and has also been influenced by the tradition of devotion to Mother Mary.

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice invites you to join us for an interactive dialogue exploring the interfaces between scholarship and activism. How do these ways of being contribute to our understanding of Scripture in the world today? Let’s come together to learn from each other. Most events take place on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30pm Pacific Time / 7:30pm Eastern Time. We do not meet every month, and occasionally meet on a different night.

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This series is co-sponsored by the Community of Living Traditions.