The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

COLLEGE THEOLOGY SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT ON US RACISM

May 30, 2020


The College Theology Society (CTS) seeks to stand in solidarity with the victims of systemic racial injustice in the United States. We deplore the long history of police brutality that is a manifestation of individual and institutional racism and white supremacy. We mourn the recent police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. We lament that years of protests, demonstrations, and marches have failed to bring an end to the suffering, dehumanization, oppression, and loss of so many precious lives. We recognize our sacred obligation to work as educators and scholars to inform minds and transform hearts, to address and change cultural patterns and social systems. We commit ourselves to working in our communities, in our profession, and as a Society to dismantle the structures of white supremacy and to build a more just world for all. 


We acknowledge that we have a professional and moral responsibility to expose and reform the Christian theology that supports and justifies white supremacy. We confess that white privilege has been operative within the College Theology Society so that we must increase our efforts to become more inclusive of persons of color. The 2021 CTS Annual Convention theme of “The Human in a Dehumanizing World” and the 2022 CTS Annual Convention theme of “Racism and the Church” are among the steps we are taking. We invite suggestions from members for further action items that will enable our Society to fulfill its obligations especially at this critical time in our national life. 


On behalf of the College Theology Society, 


Mary Doak (University of San Diego), President 

Tobias Winright (Saint Louis University), Vice President 

Brian Flanagan (Marymount University), President Elect 

Shannon Schrein (Lourdes University), Past President 

Stephen Okey (Saint Leo University), Treasurer 

George Faithful (Dominican University of California), Secretary 

William Collinge (Mount St. Mary’s University) Director of Research & Publications 

Andrew Getz (University Health System), Executive Director, National Conventions 

Dana Dillon (Providence College), Executive Coordinator, Digital Media 

LaReine-Marie Mosely (Notre Dame of Maryland University), Board Member 

Elena Procario-Foley (Iona College), Editor Horizons 

William Clark (College of the Holy Cross), Board Member 

John Sheveland (Gonzaga University), Board Member 

Katherine Schmidt (Molloy College), Board Member 

Elisabeth Vasko (Duquesne University), Board Member 

Katherine Greiner (Carroll College), Board Member 

SimonMary Aihiokhai (University of Portland), Board Member 


The College Theology Society is a registered, non-profit professional society and a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion.

Email: secretary@collegetheology.org

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