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    • Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey
    • Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology
      B.S. COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY
      M.DIV. GAMMON SEMINARY AT THE INTERDENOMINATIONAL THEOLOGICAL CENTER
      PH.D. GARRETT-EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

      The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey joined MLTS in January 2018. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Lightsey served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice at the Boston University School of Theology.

      Dr. Lightsey brings a special mix of life experience and professional proficiency to the position. Following service in the US Army and work as a civil servant, she received her academic and theological training at Columbus State University (BS), Gammon Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological School (PhD). After ordination, she served first as a United Methodist congregational pastor and then as a theological school educator, scholar and administrator. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights.

      Pamela’s publications include the book, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Wipf and Stock), “He Is Black and We are Queer” in Albert Cleage Jr and the Black Madonna and Child (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), “Reconciliation” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), and “If There Should Come a Word” in Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press).

      Pamela was drawn to Meadville Lombard for many reasons. First and foremost is her work with UU students and ministers over the years – both as an educator and as an activist. Further, as we grow she sees the need for a new level of administrative practices to serve students and is eager for the work. She is also attracted to the culture of innovation that exists here; our commitment to contextual theological education, our intention to further internationalize our school; our ongoing work for diversity, inclusion and the dismantling of white supremacy; and of course the foundational theological values that we hold.

Repent And Believe In The Gospel! Over 300 Christian Theologians Challenge The Corruption Of U.S. Christianity

    Boston Declaration, condemning the abuse of the Christian faith by many conservatives today, was just written, signed and released by over 300 hundred Christian theologians attending the American Academy of Religion and the Society of …

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Kicking Back Against Homophobia

“What does it mean to be queer and what does that say about your relationship with God?” An interview with Pamela Lightsey.

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The Intersections of Oppression

GCORR presents The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey’s vital conversation talk on the intersection of oppression and her experiences in Ferguson, Mo. We invite you to browse the GCORR website to learn more about the work of GCORR and to find resources to assist you in having your own vital conversations.

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“Pushing Limits on the Body”

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary welcomed alumna Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey for her public theology lecture, “Pushing Limits on the Body.”

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Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology

  Our Lives Matter uses the tenor of the 2014 national protests that emerged as a response to excessive police force against Black people to frame the book as following the discursive tradition of liberation theologies broadly …

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A Womanist Queer Theology | The Pamela Lightsey Interview

Using a womanist methodological approach, Pamela Lightsey’s book “Our Lives Matter – A Womanist Queer Theology” helps readers explore the impact of oppression against Black LBTQ women while introducing them to the emergent intellectual movement known as queer theology.

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Christology in the African context

Prof. Dr. Philomena Njeri Mwaura (University of Nairobi) speaks about African theology and christology at the IWM conference on “Christ and the religions” in Frankfurt.

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