Deep Solidarity: Broadening the Basis of Transformation

Across the globe, conditions of labor are worsening, providing both challenges and opportunities. As labor is one of the places where the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class is always at work, new models of resistance are created here as well. Deep solidarity describes what happens when the 99% who have to work for a living (including people who are excluded from the job market) realize what they have in common, in order to employ their differences productively in the struggle. In this article, a theologian and a labor and community organizer work together showing how the Abrahamic religious traditions and developments in the world of labor help us to shape deeper forms of solidarity.

Read the full article by Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies.

Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: The Black Church and the Economy

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a speech in Memphis in 1968, wondered: “What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?” Rising inequality continues to be a problem in the United States, affecting minority communities disproportionally. How can communities of faith make a difference, and what might be the specific contributions of African American communities of faith?

Join us for a forum hosted by the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies.

Saturday, November 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 122

Forrest E. Harris
Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies

Joerg Rieger
Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Theology