We are so excited today to interview Rev Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Rev Susan Shaw about intersectional theology.
Here are the questions we asked:
– Can you tell me about yourself and why you got into what you do and why you care?
– How did you come together to write the book Intersectional Theology?
– What is Intersectional Theology?
– Why is Intersectional Theology relevant in today’s climate? And how can it translate to the not-for-profit sector, especially for major Christian charities?
– Is allyship required and how can one be an ally?
– What advice would you have for white ‘conservative ministry leaders?
– What advice would you give for white ‘liberal’ ministry leaders?
– In the spirit of the work of MLK Jr., can intersectional theology be a lens and a tool for reconciliation today?
Rev Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a Korean-American theologian and professor. She is best known for books and articles on the social and religious experiences of Korean women immigrants to North America. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She immigrated with her family to London, Ontario in 1975. She earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity degree from Knox College, University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She has written over 17 books. Learn more about her on her Wikipedia page.
Rev Susan Shaw’s background is in religious studies, which she taught at two liberal arts colleges before joining the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University. Her current research interests are in feminist studies in religion. She just published a new book on intersectional theology with Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim of Earlham School of Religion. She’s the general editor of a new encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide and a co-PI on an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant that seeks to improve recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing women in STEM and social and behavioral sciences at OSU. She’s also the co-author and co-editor with Dr. Janet Lee of Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. The seventh edition is in the works with Oxford University Press. And finally, she blogs for Huffington Post on issues of social difference, social justice, religious liberty.