Theology Events

Each semester, the Theology Department will host two Theology Thursday presentations. These events are open to the public and are intended to highlight the work of our department faculty members. 


Fall 2021 Theology Thursday Presentations


Johann Gottfried Herder and the Invention of a New Reading

September 16, 2021, Franz Hall 120, 7:00 p.m.

Biblical Scholarship today has been shaped by the development of biblical scholarship in Germany, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This lecture will discuss the role of an eighteenth-century German philosopher, Johann Gottfried Herder. 

Dr. Ekaputra Tuparmahu is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary. He has a broad range of academic interests, including the politics of language, race/ethnic theory, postcolonial studies, immigration studies, critical study of religion, and global Christianity (particularly Pentecostal/Charismatic movement).



A Theology of Identity Politics? Or, How Not to Be a Christian

November 4, 2021, Bauccio Commons, Terrace Room, 7:00 p.m.

How do one’s different social identities (i.e., race, gender, sexuality) – the experiences and meanings that comprise and categorize them, as well as the privileges, or lack thereof, that such constellations and categorizations afford – matter for and relate to one’s religious identity? And what does it mean to be formed and shaped as a person of faith, in relation to and in light of the various identities we claim or are claimed by? This lecture begins to explore how multiple, at times competing, identities might be navigated, theologically.

Rev. Dr. Brandy Daniels holds a PhD in Religion (Christian Theology and Gender
Studies) from Vanderbilt University. Her research explores the place of difference within communal identity and belonging in Christian thought and practice. She is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and serves as a street chaplain with Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance.



Videos of Past Theology Thursday Presentations

Sacramental Justice and the Mission of Holy Cross

UP Assistant Professor David Turnbloom examines the relationship between sacraments and justice. Using the constitutions of the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a guide, we will explore the ways in which a community that seeks justice becomes a sacrament of God for the world.


What Does It Mean to be a Liturgical Parish?

Michael R. Prendergast, UP Theology Adjunct Instructor, explores what it means to be a liturgical parish that strives to live according to the theological principle of communion. Michael has over 40 years of experience as a musician and liturgist at the parish, cathedral, and diocesan levels.