Dalit Theology Day

Wednesday 25th, April 2018 
Doing Theology in a Strange Land
What does a God of liberation say to the on-going Dalit struggle for justice and equal rights when prejudice and discrimination are present in every area of life?

Dalit Theology Day

Doing Theology in a Strange Land
Dalit theology on caste discrimination

In association with the Methodist Church and DSN UK

Wednesday 25th April 2018

At the offices of Amos Trust
St Clement's, 1 St Clement's Court, London EC4N 7HB

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In India, there are over 300 million Dalits, those who for thousands of years, have been seen as being worthless and untouchable. What does a God of liberation say to the on-going Dalit struggle for justice and equal rights when prejudice and discrimination are present in every area of life?

This is the first in a series of seminars on the theology and spirituality that underpins Amos Trust’s commitment to justice and hope for the forgotten. We are delighted to welcome these special guest speakers on Dalit rights:

  • activist Revd Dr Vincent Manoharan from Tamil Nadu in India
  • long-term Amos partner and friend Rev Dr Jacob Devadason
  • Dr Elizabeth Joy from the Churches Dalit support Network

There will also time set aside for questions and discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Doing Theology in a Strange Land is being run by Dalit Solidarity Network, Churches Dalit Support Network and Amos Trust, with the support of the Methodist Church.

Sub-note:
Dalit means 'broken' and is a name taken by those who were once called Untouchables within the caste system, and are now officially called Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. 

The timetable for the day:

  • 11:15
    Arrivals and coffee

  • 11:30
    Words of Hope – Rev Garth Hewitt, Amos Trust

  • 11:50
    Introduction of keynote speaker – Meena Varma DSN

  • 12:00
    Key Note speaker: Revd Dr Vincent Manoharan, Former General Secretary for the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Founder National Christian Dalit Watch from Madurai, Tamil Nadu

  • 12:40
    Questions and discussion

  • 1:00
    Lunch (provided)

  • 1:30
    Dr Elizabeth Joy from Churches Dalit Support 

  • 1:50
    Revd Dr Jacob Devadason – Amos Trust Partner

  • 2:10
    Questions on the two presentations

  • 2:30
    Panel of speakers for comments and questions

  • 3:00
    Closing words

Co-chairs:
David Haslam, Dalit Solidarity Network & Chris Rose, Director of Amos Trust.

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