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Archive for July 2020
Going Through the Storm
John 6:17-21, Matthew 14:24-31
Jesus takes us through the storms, reveals himself in it, and brings us to the other side.
The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 3
"Recovering from the Trauma of Racism"
Dr. Sarita Lyons is a women’s Bible teacher, speaker, and Christ-centered psychotherapist. In this session, Dr. Lyons explains the history of mental health and racism, as well as provides a framework for us to process everything that's happened in recent months.
The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 2
"God, The Church & Racism/Anti-Racism"
Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian and co-host of Truth’s Table Podcast. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. In this lecture, she provides a theological framework for us to understand God and us as it pertains to race and racism. Further, she gives practical insights into how we got here as well as things to consider to move forward.
Additionally, you can find some notes from the lecture here: https://bit.ly/2BD7d63
The Gospel & Race Workshop Series - Part 1
"The Backstory to Racism in America"
Dr. Angela M. Simms -- active participant of the Renaissance Church community and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Barnard College-Columbia University -- helps us examine the social construction of race and ethnicity in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present. Her lecture analyzes how capitalist interests, class differences, gender, immigration, and who “deserves” the full rights and privileges of citizenship, shape boundaries between and within racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately the racial hierarchy underpinning White domination. We will also consider how racism affects inequities between racial and ethnic groups in education, criminal justice, media, and other domains.
Attendees at this session were asked to read the following materials:
1. Dorothy Roberts, "Chapter 1: The Invention of Race," in Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-first Century (2011)
2. Matthew Desmond, "In Order to Understand the Brutality of American Capitalism, You Have to Start on the Plantation," in "The 1619 Project," The New York Times (2019) ("The 1619 Project is also available as a podcast):
3. Interview of Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Anna North, "How Racist Policing Took Over American Cities, Explained by a Historian," Vox (2020)
In Pursuit of Justice: The importance of Prayer
Jesus gives us a prayer that will sustain, guide, correct, comfort, center, encourage, and focus us.
The Good Shepherd
Jesus is the good shepherd, and in addition to Jesus being devoted to me, that means I should be dependent on Him.