Statement about Race

June 12, 2020

The American Theological Society condemns all forms of racial injustice, including theological forms of racial injustice. Theological forms of racial injustice are encountered and incited whenever churches, religious gathering places, and theological institutions and organizations align themselves against the advancement of black people and/or refrain from taking an ethical position on racial matters under the guise of color blindness. In response to the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, we endorse the public outcry and embrace the anger we feel in response to yet another incident of black suffering that is indicative of the persistence of oppressive systems and structures. Our Society affirms our resolve to address race as a theological problem and to cooperate with black theologians and audiences in our theological investigation of social justice and racial reconciliation.

Executive Committee of the American Theological Society

Cheryl J. Sanders, President
Cynthia Crysdale, Vice-President
James Evans, Jr., Past President
Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Secretary
John D. Dadosky, Treasurer
John E. Thiel, Program Director
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Member-at-Large
Benjamin Valentin, Member-at-Large

About this Site

The American Theological Society was founded in 1912 and has met at least once each year in various locations on the East Coast, lately at Princeton Theological Seminary. Membership is by nomination and election, and is limited to 100 people at any given time.

This site presents basic information about the society both for members and for the interested general public. The historical information reflects archives maintained since the founding of the society, and includes:

  • historical narratives,
  • list of members,
  • list of past presidents,
  • list of officers and executive committee members, and
  • annual meeting programs.

If you have any comments or questions about this site, please feel free to contact AmTheoSoc@gmail.com.

In recent decades, the American Theological Society has
met in Princeton, New Jersey, during the spring time.