The Empire MUST Fail: Re-Imagining Black Ecological Futures with Paul's Creation Language in Romans 8

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March 14, 2023
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

A public lecture by Angela N. Parker, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, within the framework of the workshop, "Ecologies in Black Liberation History – Religion – Activism," organized by DFG network Bridging Black Freedom Struggles. This event is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Bavarian American Academy.

Through a nuanced reading of Romans 8:18-24, Parker re-imagines what black ecological futures must entail as we engage Paul's language of solidarity with creation. In previous verses, Paul has shown solidarity across the family of God and other identities (including Creation). However, in taking Paul further, Parker asks how contemporary Jesus followers should move forward in these solidarities today? Can movements that claim to care for Creation ignore the continued "groaning" that Black Lives Matter? Further, how do movements bring about the failure of Empire so that marginalized Black bodies AND Creation experience transformation and move out of "groaning?" For all of this to happen, Empires must fail. How do we bring about that failure?


Organizing team:

Venus Bender, American Studies, Frankfurt
Dominik Gautier, Protestant Theology, Oldenburg
Nicole Schneider, American Studies, Eichstätt
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Amerikahaus München
Karolinenplatz 3
80333 München

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