Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is the Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America and the former Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. A Disciples of Christ minister, Dr. Brock’s deeply personal Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us (co-authored with Rebecca Parker) expressed an incisive feminist critique of Christian theories of atonement. She followed it up in 2008 with Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (also with Rebecca Parker), where her research charted the Church’s shift from resurrection paradise to crucified atonement.
Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman is an Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale Divinity School and formerly taught theological ethics, Black Church studies, and African & African American studies at Duke Divinity School. Her book, Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon, connects the incarnational experience of Jesus to the oppressed experience of African Americans, which will enrich our conversation about atonement and the cross. A National Baptist minister, Dr. Marshall Turman was ordained at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.