M. Shawn Copeland, Candler’s 2020-2021 Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, will present a public online lecture on Wednesday, April 7 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT. The event is free, with advanced registration required. Register here.

In “Beyond Imagining to Resurrection,” Copeland will address Jesus’s ministry and message, which imagined a new empire—God’s empire. This appealed to eager crowds, but it aroused suspicion among imperial and religious authorities. Charged with sedition, Jesus was executed as a political criminal, buried in a borrowed and heavily guarded tomb. Though the authorities and even his own disciples expected Jesus’s political vision to end with his death, Copeland says, the opposite happened, something beyond all imagining: resurrection.

Copeland is professor emerita of systematic theology at Boston College. This is the second of two public lectures she presents as holder of the McDonald Chair. She also taught a fall semester systematic theology course on “Suffering, Solidarity, and the Cross.”

A frequent lecturer on college and university campuses, Copeland addresses topics related to theological anthropology, political theology, social suffering, gender and race. She is recognized as one of the most important influences in North America in drawing attention to issues surrounding African American Catholics. A prolific author, Copeland has more than 100 publications to her credit, and is the recipient of multiple awards and five honorary degrees.

Copeland's lecture is made possible by the McDonald Agape Foundation, with additional support provided by The Aquinas Center at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Learn more about Copeland and the McDonald Chair.