On the Lived Theology Reading List: Read Until You Understand

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Named a “best book of the year” in 2021 by both the PBS NewsHour and Publishers Weekly, Read Until You Understand takes its title from a note Griffin’s father, who died when she was nine, wrote her as a child. This book is her love letter to what she has learned from Black writers, orators, and artists from Frederick Douglass to Malcolm X, Marvin Gaye to Stevie Wonder, Phyllis Wheatley to Toni Morrison. Read More

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On the Lived Theology Reading List: Spirit in the Dark

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Josef Sorett is interested in the ironies of secularism–so much so that his next book, The Holy Holy Black, will carry the subtitle The Ironies of an American Secular. In his first book, Spirit in the Dark, he is interested more specifically in how the ostensibly secular and secularizing literature of Black cultural movements in America in the years between the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s was inextricable from religion. Read More

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When Life Give You Lemons: Re-Imagining an On-Site Internship Into a Collaborative Fellowship

In 2021, due to the global pandemic, students were unable to undertake the work that usually happens at field sites. As a result, the Project on Lived Theology re-imagined the internship as an Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Lived Theology. In this new arrangement, the eight fellows worked closely with faculty mentors from the University of Virginia to design and complete their own intensive projects. Read More

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