March 23 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza TTC photoJoin us for the keynote lecture of the 17th Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium which will be provided by Dr. Robyn.

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, is a Transqueer Latinx activist theologian. Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Robyn draws on their identity and heritage in everything that they do. From doubt to divine and everywhere in between, their call as an activist theologian demands the vision to disrupt hegemony and colonialist structures of multi-layered oppressions.

Robyn’s dynamic and inspiring presentations explore the Intersections of queer justice and anti-racism, dismantling white supremacy and displacing whiteness, gender justice as human rights work, and bridging differences within our communities, campuses and churches. Whether speaking to universities, faith communities, or communities, writing for HuffPost or Religion Dispatches, Dr. Robyn uses tools learned in both the academy and activism to stand in the hybrid space of faith communities, academy, and movements for justice curating activist scholarship with deep intention of bridging with difference.

As an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Transqueer Latinx, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns. Robyn sees this work as a life-orienting vocation, deeply committed to translating theory to practice, and embedded in re-imagining our moral horizon to one which privileges a politics of radical difference.

This work is important to Dr. Robyn because their own life has been lived with the ongoing challenge to be grounded in the center of their own difference as a non binary Trans mixed-raced Latinx. This has required the thoughtful intention of bridging with their white ancestors and Mexican ancestors and with those in the queer community. As a result, their life’s vocation is one that is committed to the deep relationality of bridging with difference.

Robyn is currently at work on the forthcoming book, Activist Theology: Recognizing the Prophetic Edge in the Streets. Trained as a Constructive Philosophical Theologian, Robyn is Director of Public Theology Initiatives at Faith Matters Network and Visiting Scholar at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.