Black Catholic Theologians Speak

Black Catholic Theologians Speak

M. Shawn Copeland, PhD

M. Shawn Copeland, PhD is a American womanist and Black Catholic theologian. She is professor emerita of systematic theology at Boston College and is known for her work in theological anthropology as well as political theology.

Breath & Fire: The Spirit Moves Us Toward Racial Justice

M. Shawn Copeland
July 8, 2020

“Pentecost came early this year: divine ruah broke through the walls of our here-and-now, interrupting racial oppression, instigating hope and action for change.”

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Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, D.Min.

Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, D.Min., is the director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, the first and primary national center for the study of the Black Catholic experience. 

Black Catholic Women: Voice Embodied

Kathleen Dorsey Bellow
July 8, 2020

“It has come to the attention of some that Black Catholic women are not fully represented in the public dialogue of current events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing slaughter of unarmed Black family, and the national protest movements staging across the nation.…. But, like other Christian disciples, we are struggling to make sense of the senselessness that is the national present-day reality.”

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Bryan N. Massingale, PhD

Bryan N. Massingale, PhD is the James and Nancy Buckman Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in New York. He is also the Senior Ethics Fellow in Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education.

The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It

Bryan N. Massingale
June 1, 2020

“Perhaps the grace of this dark time in our nation is that it reveals how racially toxic our politics, society and culture have truly become, in order to spur us to build a new culture based not on the exploitation of fear but on solidarity with and for the least among us.”

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Kim R. Harris, PhD

Kim R. Harris, PhD is the Assistant Professor of African American Thought and Practice in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Black Lives Matter in the Worshipping Church

Kim R. Harris
July 10, 2020

“Black Catholic women know the view of the world from under and on the cross….We bring our wholly functioning, fully active and participating selves to the church as example and as gift.”

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