Rev. Dr. Kelly Figueroa-Ray,
Hamline University Chaplain and Director of the Wesley Center
The Mahle Lectures Journal is an archival publication of Hamline University's annual Mahle Lecture established in 2009 by the Stephen and Kathi Austin Mahle Endowed Fund on Progressive Christian Thought. After 15 years of lectures, the establishment of this journal in 2024, as a repository of lived theological reflection, supports the effort of Hamline University toward exploring and articulating contemporary forms of progressive theology and its relationship to the rest of the multi-faith community. Each issue will include a introduction to the theme and central content from the annual events will be published here in order to provide the Hamline community, and beyond theological resources and opportunities to reflect on the place of faith and spirituality in personal, social, political, and economic life.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1 (2024) Teaching Race, Memory, Justice, and Reconciliation at Church-Related Colleges and Universities

Issue Abstract and Project on Lived Theology Collaboration Information

This issue of The Mahle Lectures presents content from the workshops and some of the conversations at the Lift Every Voice and Teach Colloquium held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 18–20, 2023. The colloquium included twenty-six participants from twenty-one church-affiliated and Christian colleges and universities in disciplines ranging from Biblical studies and theology to anthropology, sociology, history, English literature, and theater.

The colloquium was the culmination of a two-year workgroup of the Project on Lived Theology involving ten scholars supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment: Lift Every Voice and Teach: Teaching Race, Memory, Justice, and Reconciliation (LEVaT). We spent the three days in Hameline University drawing our colleagues into the conversions the workgroup has been having over the last two years. The articles presented here are not academic papers—though they contain significant academic research, wisdom, and classroom experience—they are “Workshop Notes” that serve as both a record of our gathering at a particular moment in the history of American Christianity and education and hopefully a place for our colleagues to glean some ideas, tools, and inspiration for their own teaching and to continue the conversation.


Workshop Notes: Identifying Racial Narratives
Drew G. Hart and Karen Johnson


Workshop Notes: Christian Perspectives on Race
Kelly W. Figueroa-Ray and Mark Mulder