Scripture undeniably calls us to pursue justice in the world, and human rights provides a systemic, overarching framework for justice—one that aspires to protect the dignity and liberty of all people, everywhere. Christianity has made an indelible imprint on human rights, through unique theological and historic contributions. Yet we see the concept too often misunderstood, neglected, or misused across the country and within some religious communities. How can people of faith and goodwill reclaim a vision of inherent, universal human rights as a mode and measure of justice? This series will explore three Protestant theologians’ work on human rights in relation to pressing problems of injustice: systemic racism, rising nationalism, and enduring patriarchy. We’ll consider the legacy of exemplary faith leaders who have championed human rights. Join us and gain new insights to inform your own work for justice in the world.
- Session One: “Human Rights in Light of Divine Love”
- Session Two: “Human Rights in Light of Sacred Human Worth”
- Session Three: “Human Rights in Light of Christ’s Solidarity with Humankind”
The three sessions will occur on February 1, 8, and 15.
Allyson McKinney Timm is a human rights lawyer, scholar, and faith leader with two decades of experience defending the dignity and rights of those on the margins, in the United States and globally. Her work promoting justice and equality has spanned the nonprofit, private, and academic sectors. After founding Justice Revival in 2017, Allyson was named “one of ten faith leaders to watch” by the Center for American Progress the following year. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, California Lawyer, The Independent, USA Today, Yale Divinity School’s Reflections magazine, and others.
As the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Allyson taught and supervised students in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, investigating and analyzing issues such as early and forced marriage, human trafficking, religious liberty, and human rights to education and housing. While at Yale, she co-taught an undergraduate course in human rights and served as a guest speaker and consultant on issues at the intersection of human rights and religion. During her time in New Haven, she earned a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School, where she co-led the Women’s Center and organized a symposium on campus sexual assault.