Get to know the exceptional and diverse voices who made Jesus 12 24 what it was
Topic: How Jesus Stuck it to the G-Unit
The "kindom of God" dropping patriarchy and hierarchy along with the "g".
Bio: Tripp is the founder and host of the immensely popular Homebrewed Christianity Podcast, which garners over 50,000 listens per month. He is the author of the Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic... or Awesome. He is the Director of Theology and the Humanities at The Hatchery LA.
Tripp is a husband to Alecia, Father to Elgin & Khora, a minister, avid Laker fan, competitive home brewer, & a theology nerd pursuing a PhD at Claremont Graduate University. He is also the self-proclaimed president of the John Cobb fan club where he holds the title of #FANiac in Chief.
Topic: The Pacific Christ
This session will delve into the importance of contextuality by exploring the changing faces of Jesus as understood and portrayed in the Pacific and the Pacific diaspor .
Bio: Sef is a Fiji born Rotuman who spent her formative years growing up in Lautoka, the Western side of Viti Levu in Fiji. These formative experiences continue to inform Sef’s theological reflection on interfaith and cross-cultural relationships, gender and culture. Having lived in Australia since 1987, Sef has always maintained connections with the Pacific, particularly Pacific Islanders living in the diaspora.
Sef is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church of Australia and Manager – Church Partnerships, Pacific within the Church Connections Unit of UnitingWorld. She represents the UCA on the National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews, is part of the Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN), and is a member of the Sociology of Religion thematic group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). Sef is also the Administrator of Manahine Pasefika (Association of Oceanian Women Theologians), whose primary objective is to “make Oceanian women’s voices heard through print”.
Topic: Church as Sanctuary: Enacting Radical Hospitality and Welcome
What does it mean for the church to be sanctuary? With all that is happening in recent news around immigration and refugees what are ways we as church can think more radically about welcome, sanctuary, and hospitality? Mihee Kim-Kort will talk about the sanctuary movement in the US, and more broadly what radical hospitality looks like as a faith value and action, sanctuary as a motif for care and refuge, and an expression of social justice. as well as the ways we can do this in meaningful ways in our community.
Bio: Mihee Kim-Kort is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister with degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado in beautiful Boulder. Currently she juggles various jobs including being a wife to another Presbyterian minister, raising three children, ministering to college students as the staff person for UKIRK @ IU, youth ministry on the side, itinerant preaching, writing, rabble-rousing in Bloomington, and liking too many posts on Facebook and admiring people on Twitter and Instagram.
She is the author of Making Paper Cranes: Towards an Asian American Feminist Theology, Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergy Women of Color, and, along with her husband Andrew Kort, Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family and Ministry. She also has the forthcoming, Queering Jesus: A Faithful Orientation.
J. R. Daniel Kirk
Topic: Jesus: What We're Meant To Be
The early church fought hard to hold onto the fact that Jesus was not only fully divine but also fully human. But how human is the character we see walking through the shores of Galilee in the New Testament? What kind of human is it who forgives sins, walks on water, expels demons, and rises from the dead? What if this Jesus is, in fact, human in the ways that God wants all of us to be?
Bio: Daniel Kirk writes and speaks about the big story of the Bible and how it intersects with life, faith, and culture. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and taught in a variety of institutions over a ten-year teaching career. He is the author of three books, including A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity and hosts a weekly Lectionary commentary podcast at LectioCast.com. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Laura and two school-aged children.
Daniel's popular blog "Storied Theology" is hosted at Patheos.
Emmy R. Kegler
Topic: Wounded Words: Loving Jesus But Fearing Scripture
Too many members of the LGBTQ+ community know Scripture best as a weapon used against us. How do those of us who still find Jesus compelling reconcile ourselves with the book that tells his story, when that same book has been used to condemn us? When we have been wounded by the words of the Bible, can we still find healing in the Word of God?
Emmy R. Kegler is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. She was raised in the Episcopal Church and spent some time in evangelical and non-denominational traditions before finding her home in the ELCA. Her congregation is full of servant-hearted people working hard to tell the story of Jesus in a way that embodies love for God and for their neighbor. Emmy is also the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (www.queergrace.com). She lives in Saint Paul and enjoys biking, board games, books, beer, and babysitting her fiancée’s dogs.
David W. Congdon
Topic: Finding Jesus Outside of Creedal Christianity
The church over the centuries has used creeds and confessions to identify who has the correct views about God, and especially about Jesus. Christian theology has frequently restricted itself to the concepts and norms defined by church orthodoxy. The problem is that such theology ends up confusing the gospel with a particular cultural moment in the church's history, thereby blinding itself to the presence of Jesus in other cultural moments. We need to decolonize our theology, but we also need to 'de-orthodox' our theology; we need to open our eyes and imaginations to the Spirit of Christ who is present and active in places where the church is often least likely to look.
Bio: David W. Congdon (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is an author, speaker, and scholar working in the area of theology and culture. After studying English literature at college he went to seminary to pursue theological study, where he specialized in modern Protestant theology, particularly the work of Rudolf Bultmann and Karl Barth. His current research explores the intersection of hermeneutics, intercultural theology, and modern Protestant theology. He is the coeditor (with W. Travis McMaken) of Karl Barth in Conversation. He is the author of The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann’s Dialectical Theology, Rudolf Bultmann: A Companion to His Theology, and most recently, The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch. He is currently at work on an edited volume on universalism for Baker Academic, a textbook introduction to Bultmann for Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, a Bultmann reader for Fortress Press, and a volume of Barth and Bultmann’s writings during the height of their debate for Cascade Books.
Helen K. Bond
Topic: Why Was Jesus Crucified?
Crucifixion was the most shameful death penalty known to the ancient world, reserved for slaves, bandits and seasoned criminals. Why, then, did a Galilean holy man end up on a cross? Did Pilate really think that he was a threat to national security? To what extent were the Jewish authorities involved? And how far can we trust the gospel records at this point? This talk will seek to reconstruct the social and political events that led to the death of the historical Jesus.
Bio: Helen K. Bond is Professor of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh and is interested in all aspects of the history, culture and religious beliefs of first century Judaea. She has written a number of books, including Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation(CUP, 1998), Caiaphas: Friend of Rome and Judge of Jesus? (Westminster John Knox, 2004) and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2012). She has contributed to a number of TV and radio documentaries and was historical consultant to History Channel’s The Bible (2012) and BBC’s The Nativity (2010).
Daniel José Camacho
Topic: Decolonizing the White, Capitalist, Patriarchal Jesus
What does it mean to look for Jesus beyond the whiteness, capitalism, and patriarchy of the modern western world? What would it look like to decolonize our inherited notions of Jesus? In this talk, Daniel José Camacho will draw from liberation theology, decoloniality theory, and stories from the Gospels. The quest for the decolonial Jesus is very much needed today as Christianity continues to be used to justify oppressive systems rather than liberation.
Bio: Daniel José Camacho is currently a Masters of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School. He is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Born to Colombian immigrants and raised in Uniondale, New York, Daniel graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Philosophy. He is passionate about liberatory faith, social justice, and public intellectual work.
Daniel has worked in multiple congregations, in residence life, at The Colossian Forum, at the Long Island civil rights non-profit ERASE Racism, and at the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Duke University. In September 2016, he participated in a peace delegation to Colombia to learn more about the armed conflict, the impact of U.S. foreign policies, and the ongoing peace process.
His writing has been published in places such as the Perspectives Journal of Reformed Thought, Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners, and TIME, and his commentary has appeared in the New York Times. He has presented academic papers at Princeton Theological Seminary, UNC-Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, and Fordham University, and he has presented at local churches on the topics of racism and peace. In December 2016, the Christian Century started hosting Daniel’s new blog, “Practicing Liberation.”
Topic: Is Jesus Aboriginal?
Bio: Brooke Prentis is a descendant of the Waka Waka people in Queensland. She is an Aboriginal Christian Leader, a Senior Finance Professional, Spokesperson for Common Grace's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Team, and the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering, a national and multi-denominational conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Leaders..
Professionally, Brooke is a Chartered Accountant and one of only 30 Indigenous Accountants in Australia. Brooke has worked for 7 years for one of the Big Four Accounting firms and has worked for two Top 100 ASX listed companies. Brooke took a career break from Accounting 2 years ago and worked for 12 months as the Ministry Leader for the Salvation Army's Indigenous Ministries, part of which involved running an Aboriginal Church in Ipswich, west of Brisbane. Due to lack of funding for the ministry, Brooke has returned to Accounting and is a Financial Controller but is heavily involved as a volunteer Aboriginal Pastor and speaker.
Brooke speaks in a number of churches of all denominations, and secular organisations about cultural awareness and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Brooke seeks to invite non-Aboriginal people to journey together with the oldest living culture in the world and follows Jesus call to love all people, and speak out against injustice.
Topic: Unfundamentalist Parenting in the Wake of Jesus
As a new rising generation of Christians who are disillusioned by religious institutions become parents, they are faced with what kind of faith to raise their children in, if at all. What continues to compel these parents are the beauty and vision of engaging children in the gentle, power-giving ways of Jesus, and launching them into the world with a prophetic voice that seeks justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly. This talk will center the marginalized voice of children and teens, and explore how we can partner with them to live in the world in the way of Jesus.
Bio: Cindy Brandt is a writer and author of Outside In: Ten Christian Voices We Can’t Ignore (which you can get free here), and soon to be published second book on Unfundamentalist Parenting. She blogs on progressive parenting at Patheos and is the founder and administrator of popular facebook group, Raising Children Unfundamentalist.
Cindy holds a Masters of Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked in overseas missions and currently serves on the board of One Day’s Wages, an NGO with the purpose of alleviating extreme global poverty. She is more interested in being evangelized than evangelizing, a social justice Christian, and a feminist. She lives in a high rise in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a miniature Yorkie.
Leah E Robinson
Topic: The American Jesus: The Impractical Theology of the 2016 US election
The 2016 election showcased the incredible image of the divided nature of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States. Part of the highly problematic propaganda that circulated during this time period related to the way that each side was portraying their choice in the US election as theologically 'correct' according to the Bible. In the midst of this, the figure of Jesus became the ultimate source of inspiration for the rhetoric of each side. This paper will discuss the sacralising of the 2016 US election through analysis of discussions around the place of Jesus within the theology of the electors. It will also look at the key political issues that have become the ultimate measuring stick of "evil" and "good" within the US context. And it will ask the question: Is Jesus a Republican or Democrat?
Bio: Leah E. Robinson is a lecturer in Practical and Pastoral Theology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She previously held the post of University Teacher in Practical Theology and Peacebuilding at the University of Glasgow, UK. Dr. Robinson's research is primarily on the area of reconciliation, violence, and peace building from a theological perspective. She has researched areas like Northern Ireland and Scotland, and most recently her own home, the American South. She is interested in the interplay of politics and religion, as well as the understanding of theology from a variety of perspectives, including Liberation, Black, Feminist and Queer contexts. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the author of Embodied Peacebuilding: Reconciliation as Practical Theology.
Bio: Rev Dr Sally Douglas is the Minister at Richmond Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia. Sally's doctoral research investigated very early, often suppressed, understandings of Jesus. Her book Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2016.
Sally is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate within the University of Divinity and an Adjunct Teacher within the University of Divinity, at Pilgrim Theological College. Her ongoing research interests span biblical studies, early church history and theology, and the implications of these in contemporary context.
There is a small chance that a speaker might have to pull out, if this is so we will replace them with another awesome, unique, and passionate voice. Ticket holders will be alerted to any additions/alterations to the line up.
Note: Some will notice that Kelly Brown Douglas, originally announced in the lineup is no longer listed. Unfortunately, unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances have caused the change. We are endeavouring to still record a session with Prof Douglas and should that come about we will email that session to all ticket holders.