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Purity, Patriarchy, and the First Wave of Christian Anti-Trafficking Activism

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
  • Chapel Multi-Purpose Room (Undercroft)

In recent years, churches and religious nonprofits have awakened to the plight of women and children caught up in human trafficking. But Christian anti-trafficking activism goes back nearly 150 years. This talk will explore the first wave of Christian anti-trafficking activism, and the way in which women like Katharine Bushnell, a leading anti-trafficking activist, understood that Christian theology itself needed to be reformed in order to provide the basis for true emancipation. And it will consider how lessons from the past might help the church refine its approach to global anti-trafficking efforts today.

Calvin history professor, Kristin Kobes Du Mez will speak from her recent book, A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (OUP, 2015).

This event is sponsored by the Sexuality Series, History, and Gender Studies. Refreshments will be provided.


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