Union Theological Seminary Academics


Nixon Cleophat

Systematic Theology & Social Ethics
Theological Consortium


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MDiv in Biblical Studies and Political Theology from Harvard University, 2006
Thesis: A Liberation Theology: Exegeting, Deconstructing the Traditional Interpretation of 1Timothy 2:11-14 and Supporting the Ordination of Women in the Pentecostal Church

BA, Magna Cum Laude in English/Secondary Education
Honors Program of Salem State College, 2003


Nixon Cleophat is a fourth year M.Phil candidate in Systematic Theology and Social Ethics, under the tutelage of James H. Cone. At UTS he has studied various theological traditions—from patristic to post-modern liberation theology—in order to construct a theology of liberation for the people of Haiti. In his comprehensive exams, he has focused on (how) Nicene—Chalcedonian, Anselmian, and Black—Latin American Liberation Christologies delineate the dialectical interplay of the humanity and divinity of Jesus as the Christ in human salvation; the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural relevance of the doctrine of the Trinity in the theologies of Gregory of Nazianzus, Palamos, Lossky, Augustine, Barth, Tillich, and Gebara; the social implications of Feminist, Womanist, Niebuhrian “ethics of love and justice” in liberation movements; and Political and Latin American Liberation Theologies to examine different paradigms of “resistance” in the face of ongoing suffering and oppression in Haiti’s history, religion, culture, and politics.

In a current project, Cleophat explores whether James Cone and Paul Tillich’s theologies have moved beyond or prolonged the legacy of the Chalcedonian “hypostatic union” of the humanity and divinity of Jesus the Christ, the God-Man, as the criterion for human salvation.

Advisor: James Cone


“The Interplay of Politics and the Outpouring of the Spirit in the Age of Obama,” Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church: Bible Study Series, July 29, 2009

“A Relatable God and Active Resistance in the Face of Ongoing Suffering,” Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church: Bible Study Series, July 22, 2009

“Prophecy and Politico-Ethics: A Liberationist Interpretation of Joel 2: 28-9,” The Riverside Church: Bible Study Unit on Black Liberation Theology, June 28, 2009

“A Pneumatocentric Interpretation of the Resurrection of, Salvation and Liberation through Jesus the Christ,” Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church: A Bible Study Series, October 1, 2008

“‘The Scandal of the Cross’ and the Crucified Christ: A Spirit Christology of Liberation,” Rohoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church, September 17, 2008

“Jesus of Nazareth in the Power of the Spirit: A Lukan Spirit Christology,” Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church: Bible Study Series, September 10, 2008

“Jesus, the Great Feminist and Social Activist: The Story of the Samaritan Woman,” Harvard Divinity School: Billings Preaching Prize Competition, April 2005

“The Faith of the Christian Youth Challenged by Post-Modernity, New Age Philosophy and Technology,” Wesleyan Christian Church Conference, July 16, 2004

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