Bible Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Gender, Migration, and Intersectionality

This 8-hour in-person course offers a deeper understanding of the Bible on matters of social justice through critical, contextual, and decolonial engagement with the scripture. By acknowledging and challenging colonial and Eurocentric interpretations that have historically shaped biblical scholarship, this course encourages participants to explore the Bible while acknowledging the multiple lenses that are possible for interpretation. It seeks to ask critical questions about who has the power to interpret the text and how such interpretations become normative. Embracing a decolonial approach as it deals with migration, gender, and intersectionality, we will examine how overlapping identities and systemic oppression inform the lived experiences and interpretations of individuals and groups. Participants will learn how to apply transformative interpretations of selected texts in contemporary contexts and how to engage with social justice issues in a more inclusive and holistic manner.

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Course Programme

10:00-10:30 – Introductions and Context Setting

10:30-12:00 – Workshop 1 – Gender: Genesis Creation Narratives

In this workshop, we will delve into the Genesis creation narratives (Genesis 1 and 2) to uncover nuanced perspectives on gender roles and identity. We will challenge conventional readings and discover alternative interpretations that illuminate the text’s relevance to contemporary gender discourses.

12:00-12:30 – Lunch (Included with registration fee)

12:30-14:00 Workshop 2: The Book of Ruth and Migration

This workshop will explore the Book of Ruth as a narrative of migration and resilience. We will analyse themes of displacement, belonging, gender, and social justice, uncovering the timeless relevance of this ancient text in the context of contemporary migration studies.

14:00- 14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-16:00 – Workshop 3: Intersectionality: The Ethiopian Eunuch

 The narrative of the Ethiopian Eunuch intertwines race, gender and sexuality, providing a complex framework for conversations on intersectionality. This workshop will engage the principles of inclusivity and community that underpin theological beliefs related to issues such as baptism.

16:00 – 16:15 Short break

16:15- 17:00 – Masterclass: Contextual Bible Study Methodology: Liberating Reading

In this final module, the foundational principles of the contextual bible study method will be discussed, along with actionable advice for both developing and facilitating the method effectively.  Participants will acquire the skills to employ liberative perspectives when interpreting biblical texts to engage in critical and ethical learning across contexts.

Instructors

Prof Sarojini Nadar, Senior Professor and Desmond Tutu Chair in Religion and Social Justice, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Prof Johnathan Jodamus, Associate Professor in New Testament, Gender and Race, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Certificate of Participation

A Certificate of Participation issued by Wesley House will be offered to all participants.

Cost

£50, which includes lunch and course materials. Please note that in the unlikely event minimum numbers aren’t met for the course, the course will be cancelled three days before the start date and your registration fee will be refunded in full.

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