“Indeed our survival and liberation depend upon our recognition of the truth when it is spoken and lived by the people….[t]o know the truth is to appropriate it, for it is not mainly reflection and theory. Truth is divine action entering our lives and creating the human action of liberation.” ― James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed
As the birthplace of Black Liberation, Mujerista, and Womanist theologies, Union Theological Seminary has long incubated truth-tellers and justice-makers. In her film Journey To Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology and Womanist Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, filmmaker Anika Gibbons, a 2013 alumna of Union, takes a deeper look at groundbreaking social justice activists and many of the founding mothers of Womanist theology and Womanist ethics such as Dr. Emilie Townes, Dr. Jacquelyn Grant, Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas and Dr. Katie Cannon. This film will be shown as part of the festival’s Films track.
In the documentary, filmed in the oral tradition of storytelling, the women and current Union Theological Seminary students discuss their life experiences, their road to black womanhood, and the important role Union Theological Seminary has played on their road to scholarship.