One of the most bewildering dilemmas in LDS theology is the lack of attention to social justice. Yet born out the black experience in the US has been a compelling theology of liberation where Christianity is rooted in the experiences of those who suffer from inequality. It argues that our Christian discipleship needs to be present in this life in the way we relieve oppression and attend to the wounds and the sufferings of the world. LDS theology on the other hand makes redemption a matter of eternal lives while in the mean time Mormons are required to expend their spiritual energy on the discipline of the self, and service to the community in order to earn exaltation.
Womanism is a similarly liberatory and asks us to think about the how we wish to transform the world, arguing that the reach for equality is not enough, rather, rooted in black women’s experience we seek for the relief of oppression of all suffering; that privilege of those at the margins; that we reconcile the spiritual with the body; and that we attend to the Earth as part of our human stewardship.
In this podcast Fatimah, Gina and Janan discuss how to reconcile their Mormonism with their desire for a theology of social justice, transformation and a liberatory praxis rooted in the concerns of women of colour.