Decolonizing Easter on Emmaus Road: Scripture Study, Somatic Trauma and Prophetic Faith

Oblate School of Theology

Originally Published on OST.EDU

March 3 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Montalbano Lecture 2022


2022 Rev. Frank Montalbano, OMI Lecture in Sacred Scripture


Under the shadow of multiple, potentially catastrophic threats to Creation and human life—from climate disruption to deepening social disparities—our churches are struggling for credibility. A root of our struggle to proclaim and embody fierce hope in these hard times is our longstanding domestication of our gospel resurrection traditions. Liberal modernists tend to handle them timidly, conservatives triumphantly as a kind of magical “happy ending.”

Luke’s Easter account offers a unique “appendix”: the beloved but typically “chocolate-coated” Emmaus Road story. Sentimentalizing approaches prevent us from encountering this narrative’s curious but crucial details; its intimate focus on trauma; and it’s refrain summoning the church to scripture study. This address will read Luke 24:13-49 as a call to read history through the lens of prophetic faith, which can inspire and empower beleaguered disciples to bear witness to life, justice and compassion under the shadow of death.


Ched Myers

A fifth generation Californian, Ched is an activist theologian who has worked in social change and radical discipleship movements for more than 45 years.  With a degree in New Testament Studies, he is a popular educator who animates scripture and issues of faith-based peace and justice.  He has authored over 100 articles and more than a half-dozen books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of JesusAmbassadors of Reconciliation: A N.T. Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (with Elaine Enns), Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice (with Matthew Colwell); Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice, and most recently Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization (with Elaine Enns, Cascade, 2021). Most of Ched’s articles can be found on this site, and books at

Ched has worked with a variety of social justice organizations, including the Pacific Issues Network and the American Friends Service Committee.  He is a co-founder of the Word and World School, the Sabbath Economics Collaborative, and the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.  He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in the Ventura River watershed in southern California and work with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

Ched holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley (1978) and an M.A. in New Testament Studies from the Graduate Theological Union (1984). He serves on the faculty of the Proctor Institute Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary, and has taught at the Saskatoon Theological Union, Memphis Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology (1998-99 Fellow in Urban Theology), Canadian Mennonite University, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary, the Seminary Consortium on Urban and Pastoral Education, Maryknoll School of Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary, Phillips Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, Toronto School of Theology, Vancouver School of Theology, Churches of Christ Theological College (Australia) and Tamilnadu Theological Seminary (India).

Besides his own writing, Ched works with other authors and publishers as an editor and manuscript evaluator. He has traveled throughout North America and abroad giving seminars and retreats, teaching, preaching and facilitating gatherings. He works with Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist parishes and diocesan or denominational offices, as well as with ecumenical and interfaith organizations. He supports many faith-based peace and justice efforts including Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Catholic Worker movement, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Creation Justice Ministries, and The Abundant Table Farm Project.


This presentation will be recorded and will be available for viewing after the end of the presentation. The day after the presentation, an email will be sent to registered participants that will include instructions on how to re-watch.

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