The hold of white supremacy remains strong in the United States today, and it is deeply wedded to versions of Christianity that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this series, we’ll draw on the work of the theologian Thandeka (as well as others) and explore:
- The history of slaveholder religion and its connections to current manifestations of white supremacy and the Religious Right;
- How liberal versions of Christianity can still be complicit in white supremacy today;
- Tools for creating spiritual practices to heal and transform the world focused on (1) the gospel of Christ, (2) the witness of scripture, and (3) living traditions of organization and activism rooted in liberation and justice.
Sessions will run on Wednesday nights at Brentwood Christian Church:
- Sept. 4th through Oct. 9th
- 6:30-7:30 p.m. (in Room 10)
- Facilitated by Rev. Snider
Several of the reflections are derived from the following texts (those interested in engaging more deeply might wish to read them during this study):
- Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
- “Creating a Spiritual Practice to Heal and Transform the World: An Invitation,” by Thandeka
- Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, by Lenny Duncan
- Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, by Reggie Williams
This event is free and open to the public. Childcare is provided.