August 15, 2017
Rev. Kelle Brown was recently invited to participate in a new pilot project launched by Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs. The Puget Sound Interfaith Network for Public Theology is an innovative cohort of religious leaders committed to articulating interfaith positions around pressing social issues. The first two-year cycle focuses on homelessness.
This pilot group, consisting of a dozen local religious leaders from different faith traditions, will engage the Center scholars and their research with the following goals: 1) explore a new method of public theology that integrates theological reflection with local faith-based activism; 2) provide a feedback loop for scholars that will allow them to perform research and analysis aligned with local realities, challenges and best practices of religious communities and faith-based organizations; 3) provide an important resource for policy analysis and advocacy initiatives; and 4) enhance the skill set of religious leaders to serve as public intellectuals.
Rev. Brown was selected, in part because of her extensive work with people (especially women and children) who are experiencing homelessness. “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the greater community in our common challenge and invitation to do justice,” says Rev. Brown, “and to open the ways academia can meet theology that encourages transformation.”
Starting in fall/2017, the dynamic group will meet six times per year, in addition to an online communication and research continuum.
Read more about Puget Sound Interfaith Network for Public Theology and bios of all participants here.