Due to the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak, this event is cancelled. We hope to reschedule it later. The Norbertine community and Abbey staff continue to hold you in prayer as we all navigate these trying times. The Church of Santa Maria de la VId and Way of the Cross path remain open for your individual prayer use.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
6:30 p.m. Beverages/heavy hors d’oevres
7:00 p.m. Lecture and Q & A

Free event and no registration required; free-will offerings accepted

The creation of the sociopolitical imaginary “Middle East” has served innumerate purposes over the years for Western expansion, especially through religion. One critical piece of this religious expansion is the use of presentism to define race during the time of Christ. Using the same practices of presentism to reverse this narrative, this talk represents and repositions Jesus as a homeless and oppressed Black man (or racialized Other) to identify the ways that the pervasive whiteness of today’s church has alienated people of color.

Dr. Sheryl Felecia Means has BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in Education Sciences, Philosophical and Cultural Inquiry from University of Kentucky. Means’ research interests include: Afro-Latin America, racial identity formation, and comparative education studies. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico in Africana Studies, scholar in residence for the Feminist Research Institute, and visiting scholar with the Latin American and Iberian Institute. She has also served as guest lecturer at UNM and Central New Mexico Community College.