2018 ESR Wilson Lectures / Trueblood Symposium: Process Theology - Lecture 1
Lecture I - Epistemology Over Ontology: How Whiteheadian Metaphysics Revolutionizes Constructive Black Theology
(Lecture II video available here)
Classical black theologies focus on a notion of ontological blackness that describes God and Jesus as black. The divine is “black” in its alignment with and resistance to black suffering. This lecture will look at how Whiteheadian notions of subjective immortality offer a non-Kantian epistemology. Such an epistemological emphasis both revolutionizes classical theological loci and lifts up new core categories for constructive black theologies.
Monica Coleman is Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology in southern California. There she also serves as a Co-Director the Center for Process Studies and Director of Process and Faith. Coleman has earned degrees from Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. She has received funding from leading foundations in the United States, including the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, among others. Answering her call to ministry at 19 years of age, Coleman is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She brings her experiences in evangelical Christianity, black church traditions, global ecumenical work, and indigenous spirituality to her discussions of theology and religion.