Power Shifts: How Social Media Changed Religion & Politics in 2012 . . . and Why

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10/28/2012 - 7:30pm
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite


Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite addresses the current issues at the intersection of faith and politics in a one night only lecture entitled: "Power Shifts: How Social Media Changed Religion and Politics in 2012, and Why".





The Reverend Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. 

From June of 1998 until June of 2008, she served as the 11th President of Chicago Theological Seminary.  Prior to the Presidency, she had been a Professor of Theology at CTS for 15 years and director of the Ph.D. Center for five years. She has a Ph.D., from Duke University, a Masters of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Duke Divinity School and a B.A. from Smith College.

An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, she is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including two different translations of the Bible.  Thistlethwaite is currently working in a new area she calls “Public Theology.”  She writes a weekly column for the Washington Post online edition in the “On Faith” section.  Her most recent book, published in January, 2012 by Palgrave-Macmillan, is an edited volume with over 30 contributors and advisors, Christians, Jews and Muslims, called Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War.   She recently published what she believes is the first ‘theology of the Internet,’ called Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World, October, 2010, also with Palgrave-Macmillan.

Among the most widely known are : Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theology from the Underside, with Mary Potter Engel (1998, first edition, 1990), Adam, Eve and the Genome: Theology in Dialogue with the Human Genome Project (2003), and Interfaith JustPeacemaking: Alternatives to War, with Glen Stassen. (2008) by the United States Institute of Peace. The biblical translations are: The Inclusive Language Lectionary, Years A, B and C, (1983-1985), and The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Translation (1995). 

In addition to her online column, Thistlethwaite is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. She has also been interviewed and quoted on various televison and/or radio shows in the United States and in the Middle East.

In 1999, Orbis Press published the tenth anniversary edition of Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside. This is one of the most widely used textbooks in the U.S. to teach theology.

Among her many articles and book chapters, there is a chapter in Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War, an edited work by Glen Harold Stassen.  In 2002, Westminister John Knox Press released a revised edition entitled Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace.  This was republished in 2008.

 In 2002, Chalice Press released Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics, and the New War, an edited collection by Jon L. Berquist with a chapter by Thistlethwaite entitled “New Wars, Old Wineskins”

Boards and Societies:

Thistlethwaite is a trustee since 2007 of the Interfaith Youth Core, founded by Eboo Patel, and on the Advisory Board of the Center for American Progress.  She is a founder and former trustee of Faith in Public Life since 2005.  She is also a co-founder of the American Academy of Religion Section on Religion and Politics, its previous co-chair, and now a member of the advisory board of that section.