Author: Dana Dillon

Students and racial justice

It is the time of year when most of us are far too busy with end-of-semester grading to think much about blogging. And, often, it’s not easy or appropriate for us to share our students’ work with the broader public. But since I’ve been handed an exception, I want to pass it on. This semester, I’ve been teaching (with history department colleague Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi) a colloquium called “Race, Marginality, and Theologies of Liberation.” All sophomores at Providence College must take a colloquium, with a range of topic choices before them.  Some choose based on topic. Many just choose something that fits in their schedule.  And so we get a lot of folks who say, at the end of the semester, that they never really even thought about race before this course.  But also, we get more students of color than the average class at Providence College. So we have a lot of students for whom thinking about race has been a lifelong task.  Those differences and the connections across them have been powerful for me to watch. Two of my students (Nick Sailor and Sammy McSweeney) co-wrote a song, performed it, and worked together to produce a video expressing some of their learning this semester. They want to see it shared as widely as possible, so I am passing it on here.  They (and people pictured in the...

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The Gift of Transformation

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Psalm 32 1-2, 5, 11 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45 “If you wish, you can make me clean.” The leper’s words echo through the centuries. They are simple, but they say much. They speak his knowledge of his uncleanness, the need for help overcoming his disease, and the faith that the cure is within Christ’s power to give. “If you wish, you can make me clean.” This semester, I am co-teaching a course called “Race, Marginality, and Theologies of Liberation.”  This has me reading about and discussing with college sophomores the long legacy of race-based exclusion...

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Epiphany: Let Us Seek the Lord

This week’s readings are beautiful. And they make me deeply uncomfortable.  The clarion call of Isaiah sounds across the centuries, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come…. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.” This promises the adoration of nations, appropriately embodied in the Gospel story of the magi appearing in Bethlehem with their gold, frankincense and myrrh.  But the specter of Herod looms large, a king in Jerusalem who radically fails to walk by this light.  And for us who live centuries after the dawning of that light, doesn’t it seem that...

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Paul Griffiths’ CTSA Plenary Address

Paul Griffiths has given us permission to make the text of his recent (and much talked about) plenary address to the Catholic Theological Society of America‘s 2014 annual meeting available. The full text pdf is available by clicking on its title: “Theological Disagreement: What It Is & How To Do It.” We hope that the availability of the text will keep the conversation going, so feel free to post comments as usual.    ...

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Unmuting Working Moms: Hearing the Complexities of Work/Life Balance

The following guest post is by Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman, Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence, RI.  She is also the mother of three amazing kids. Not long ago, I was part of a conference call among several colleagues including one who, like me, is a mother. She was, at that moment, home with two small children and so she did what I have often done: she made liberal use of the feature that allowed her to mute her own line. Her intention was to continue to listen to us, but to prevent us from hearing...

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