SFTS will partner with Carter Center Human Rights Program to offer summer course.


Over the past several years, SFTS has increasingly sought to enhance learning opportunities for its students through new partnerships with other institutions.

This summer, in a joint effort with the Carter Center Human Rights Program Scholars in Action Project, the SFTS Advanced Pastoral Studies Program will offer “Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” August 8–12 in Atlanta. This Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education Intensive Seminar will be led by Dr. Andrea White and Carter Center Scholars in Action and is offered in partnership with the D.Min. programs at Columbia, McCormick, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminaries.

Seminar participants will explore approaches and resources for religious communities and their leaders to confront violence against women and girls around the world, starting with womanist theology as a foundational resource. Class sessions will be held on both the Carter Center and Columbia Seminary campuses in Atlanta.

For details, please call the SFTS APS Office at 415-451-2842 or aps@sfts.edu.

Click here for more information on the Carter Center Human Rights Program.

“Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” course description:

President Jimmy Carter has identified violence against women and girls as the number one global human rights abuse. In his highly regarded 2014 publication, President Carter announced, “the world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive and ignored violation of basic human rights. (A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power). This course is designed to train religious leaders and practitioners to respond to the normalization of sex and gender based violence; to advocate for policies that empower and protect women and girls; to think theologically in reading religious texts in order to enhance the dignity of women and girls; and to equip religious leaders to make a significant impact in religious discourse in their faith communities. The course will study womanist theology, which privileges everyday experience and concrete lived realities of African American women as a starting point for theological method. Students will study groundbreaking works in women and religion, violence and power and will work toward integration of this work in their local context and in the life of ministry, from religious education, preaching and bible study, to youth work and pastoral care. Students will become partners in the work of The Carter Center’s Scholars in Action by designing projects that contribute to the interactive web tool on women, religion, violence, and power.