Responding to James Baldwin’s charge to “do our first works over,”* our All School Conference at Yale Divinity School will convene this fall to reexamine how theologians and students can “make our words more adequate to our realities and imaginations of life, death, and God.”**
Through work inspired by Black Thought, Queerist Belongings, and Atheological Intersections, we entreat the entire YDS community to reflect on the relevant applications of multi-faith practices through the hermeneutics of black queer theology. Our keynote speakers represent various journeys including atheological, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, and Orisa/Lucumi traditions.
The conference will be Friday, November 8th (2pm-6pm) to Saturday, November 9th (9:30am-5:30pm). The Community Life Committee of YDS will sponsor a dance party on Friday night at Gryphon (8pm-11pm). We encourage all YDS students to register by October 18th so that we may plan accordingly.
Our Keynote Speakers will be:
Dr. Amaryah Shaye Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech
Dr. Craig A. Ford, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College; YDS Alumnus
Dr. Renée L. Hill, Columbia University Community Scholar, Columbia University
We have invited dozens of YDS alumni to join this conversation with us and to facilitate our small groups. We anticipate a time of powerful sharing and networking.
All School Conference Committee
All School Conference Coordinator
Dr. Linn Tonstad
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Dr. Jeanne Peloso
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
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*from his writings in The Price of the Ticket; James Baldwin wrote about “do[ing] our first works over.” “In the church I come from—which is not at all the same church to which white Americans belong—we were counseled, from time to time, to do our first works over.” “Go back to where you started, or as far back as you can, examine all of it, travel your road again and tell the truth about it. Sing or shout or testify or keep it to yourself,” Baldwin says, “but know whence you came.” Doing first works over means to reexamine everything from its onset and tell the truth about it, as best we can.