April 1: Scripture, Faith, and Scholarship Symposium with Dr. Nadine Bowers Du Toit

Born Free? South African Young Adults, Inequality, and Reconciliation in Stellenbosch:
A Conversation with Dr. Nadine Bowers Du Toit

Thursday, April 1st at 1:00pm EDT
via Zoom (details below)

We would like to invite you to join our next Scripture, Faith, and Scholarship symposium, taking place virtually on April 1st. 

To lead us in this edition of our semiannual symposium, we welcome Dr. Nadine Bowers Du Toit, Director of The Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR) at the University of Stellenbosch. The majority of Dr. Bowers Du Toit's research has focused on the intersection between religion, poverty, and inequality, with a special focus on the role of local congregations and Faith Based Organisations in addressing these pressing concerns within the South African context. In her opening presentation, Dr. Bowers Du Toit will share with us her most recent research on Christian youth and inequality in post-Apartheid South Africa.

In keeping with our current institutional focus on race relations and systemic racism, we have invited Dr. Bowers Du Toit to offer her insights into the ways in which Christianity-–and in particular biblical interpretation–is shaping the responses of South Africa youth to issues of inequality, marginalization, and violence. We are thrilled that Dr. Bowers Du Toit has agreed to join us, and we look forward to reflecting with her on these community-driven, scripturally-informed responses to systemic oppression.

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics.   

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Call For Papers: Christian Left Conference Cohosted by CPRSE

ICS's Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics is joining Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its ContextsTrinity St. Paul's United Church, and the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre to host the second Christian Left Conference (free and online) on July 23-24, 2021. Conference details and Call For Papers (due March 19) follow below:

Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire:
Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization

What does it mean to speak of a Christian Left? Who is included under the label the Christian Left? In the last decades, the Christian left has been undergoing enormous reconfiguration: new actors, issues, and concerns have uncovered the colonial underbelly of the Christian Left. From the Suffrage movements through to the Social Gospel, and continuing through liberation theologies and political theologies to today, these reconfigurations have included an emergence of different approaches to reading the Bible, the articulation of alternative approaches to theology and ethics, and the crossing of disciplinary boundaries. These various actors have complexified idealized notions of the Christian Left in Canada and across the globe, and invite us to critique and dismantle its colonizing features.

Call for Papers

The Christian Left Conference invites proposals that intentionally reflect on the emergence of historical “new” actors and voices in the Christian Left. Proposals can be related to (re)tracing the historical, theological and biblical-hermeneutical developments of the Christian Left and its present disciplinary reorientation. Topics related to the interconnection between social movements and actors, the disciplinary cross-fertilization on the areas of interreligious collaboration, the dismantling of traditional canons of theology and biblical hermeneutics, and the reconceptualization of the human experience are especially welcome.

This conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from many fields, primarily theological studies, biblical interpretation, preaching and worship, congregational and community ministry, history, ethics and political theology, as well as religious studies, sociology, anthropology, literary studies, philosophy and the humanities broadly understood. Papers engaging with Canadian contexts are particularly encouraged; we also welcome papers from across the world.

Proposals are due March 19, 2021 and can be submitted online here:

If you have any questions, please email: ec.events@utoronto.ca.