Religion Seminar Series: Faith Sustaining Activism

February 7, 2023 @ 7:00pm

Butler University Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs presents:

Faith and Activism

What does it mean to live out one’s faith in the world? What do you deeply care about and what needs to change in this world? How do faith and spiritual practice intersect with the tangible needs for justice and equity? This year, the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs will explore the relationship between faith and activism. We will learn from scholars and activists of many different religious traditions regarding how their faith compels them to commit their lives to social change.

Faith Sustaining Activism

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7:00 PM

Activism is difficult and challenging work, requiring a sustained foundation.  For many activists it is their faith that ultimately sustains them and compels them to engage in their work of social change. In this session we will hear from a prominent teacher and therapist about her activism at the intersection of Buddhist, Yoruba, and African American identities.  A Christian homiletics scholar will respond on the role preaching serves in strengthening members within the Black Church community.

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Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS has been a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for 34 years.  She is a Senior Tara Mandala Teacher, and has traveled with Lama Tsultrim on Pilgrimage to Tibet, Bali, Scotland, & Bhutan.  Karla has been practicing Chöd for 33 years and she has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd Retreats.  She has taught Chöd, and in October 2012, she received the Chöd Empowerment from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.


Karla Jackson-Brewer is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy Practice in New York City.  She has developed and offered many workshops and courses that focus on the Spirituality and the Divine Feminine, anti-oppression and equity, developing Emotional Intelligence, and personal activism.  She is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University.  Karla is also an initiated priest in the West African spiritual system of Ifa.

Dr. Courtney V. Buggs is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Assistant Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned a PhD in Religion from Emory University, focused on Homiletics; a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology; a Master of Public Administration from University of Oklahoma; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Louisiana Tech University.


Dr. Buggs’ research interests center on ecumenical practices of sacred proclamation, both inside and outside the pulpit; womanism; and liberative teaching practices. She has published in Encounter and Working Preacher, and in online journals, Homiletic and Practical Matters. Her forthcoming publications address womanist preaching and navigating theological education for adult learners. Dr. Buggs is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, presently serving as the President of the Black Caucus, and in the American Academy of Religion. She is ordained in the American Baptist tradition and has served congregations in the United States and abroad, ministering across denominations.  Prior to entering the academy, Dr. Buggs was an Air Force Airborne Mission Crew Commander, retiring from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel, after almost 22 years of service.  She has been at CTS for three and a half years.

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