Emmanuel Katongole, Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will give Yale Divinity School’s Bainton Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 14. Professor Katongole will speak on “A Different Fulcrum: Doing Theology at Bethany.”
The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall. In-person attendance will be limited to the on-campus Yale community. YDS alumni and friends are invited to watch the live broadcast on Livestream or view the post-event videos on the YDS YouTube channel.
Emmanuel Katongole earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, undergraduate degrees in philosophy and theology from Urbaniana in Rome, and a diploma in theology and religious studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
A Catholic priest ordained by the Archdiocese of Kampala, Katongole holds joint appointments at Notre Dame’s Theology Department and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He previously served as Associate Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation.
Dr. Katongole is the author of numerous books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda, and Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation. His most recent works are Who Are My People? The Invention of Love in Sub-Saharan Africa (University of Notre Dame, release date May 2022); Born from Lament: On the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans, 2017) and The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for A New Creation in Africa (Orbis, 2017).
In his Bainton Lecture, Katongole will give an account of his journey to the founding of Bethany Land Institute in Uganda, highlighting, he says, “the lessons I am learning in the context of that work, especially lessons that relate to issues in world Christianity, mission, and the church’s witness to peace and justice in the world.”
The Roland Bainton Lectureship, inaugurated in 1988, represents the two foci of the life and work of the late Professor Roland Bainton, who served on the YDS faculty for 42 years: church history and the church’s witness to peace and justice.