Hye Hyun Han is a Ph.D. student focusing in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Her research interests are in the areas of human objectification, such as the theological objectification of women in Christianity, sexual objectification of the female body in the continuing wars in Korea, and somatic spirituality for people traumatized by human objectification. She recently published an article titled, “The Body as the Space in which Power Operates: Sexual Violence of Clergymen in the Korean Church.” She is also an ordained minister of the Korean Methodist Church.
These protests, the victims’ testimony, and the courage of survivors remind us that it is time to turn off the powerful sound of the perpetrators’ dominant voices and tune in to the voices of the oppressed.
First, we must all remember our history and stop the blatant amnesia behind racial and power dynamics in our field…Women and enslaved persons were not a part of the founders’ initial understanding. The same is true for the founding identities of the Society of Biblical Literature.