What’s the Bible got to do with social change? How has it been used and misused through the centuries—both to justify oppression and inspire movements for justice and liberation? What can today’s social activists and religious leaders learn from social movements in biblical times?
Join us tomorrow night, Friday, November 22, for a public forum on “The Bible and Social Change,” at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 4414 Frankford Ave, Baltimore. The event will begin at 6:30pm. Here’s the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!
“The Bible and Social Change” will feature United Workers leaders, biblical scholars, religious leaders, the organized poor, and the general public. We’ll discuss what it means to be part of a growing movement for human rights and explore how the Bible has been used to both justify oppression and inspire movements for justice and liberation.
The event is sponsored by the United Workers, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PCUSA), Light Street Presbyterian Church, St. Anthony of Padua-Most Precious Blood Catholic Parish, and the Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Poverty in the Biblical World.
The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. Its more than 8,500 members from around the world teach the Bible in academic settings, publish books, and conduct scholarly research on ancient texts, peoples, contexts, interpretation, translation, and pedagogy. In recent years, SBL scholars and staff have regularly articulated a concern for biblical scholarship to be more engaged with and relevant to public issues and communities of interpretation and practice.
Tomorrow’s public forum will be the culminating activity of a daylong exchange of deep discussion and study between the United Workers, SBL, and faith leaders. We will be doing a reality tour around Baltimore City, sharing worker stories, and engaging in deep discussion and study about the Bible, human rights, and fair development. We hope you can make it. We believe it will offer an exciting opportunity to learn from one another as we continue to build unity across multiple sectors in the movement to end poverty.
This Friday, November 22nd at 6:30
@ St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
4414 Frankford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21206