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Call to Confession

Photo Credit: David Wigger

Photo Credit: David Wigger

Race, White Privilege, and the Church

Read Articles from Week 1

  • Featuring articles by: Ginna Bairby, Gayraud S. Wilmore, Alexis Preesau Maloof, Marc Boswell, Laura Cheifetz, Chris Burton, and Melva Costen

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  • Featuring articles by: Vernon Broyles, Bettie J. Durrah, Kerri Allen, Fern Cloud, Deon Snyman, and Doug Tilton

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  • Featuring articles by: Larissa Kwong Abazia, Janet Guyer, Jessie Fubara-Manuel, Charles Freeman, Melanie Harris, and Nora Leccese

Read Articles from Week 4

  • Featuring articles by: Brian Diebold, Denise Anderson, Stephanie Quintana-Martinez, Randal M. Jelks, Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks, and others

Week 5

SY CM CarouselDear White Liberals, Rev. Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow

It was a typical muggy August day in Chicago when I pulled up to McCormick Seminary in my U-Haul van, trailed by a car full of college guys – my brother and his friends, who had agreed to help me move into my new seminary housing in exchange for some good Chinese food in Chicago’s Chinatown. I was tired but excited. I stood there in my new home ready to start my adventure as a seminary student. Even more than being excited about seminary in general, I was really looking forward to finally be a part of a mainline, ‘liberal’ Christian community. You see, a few years prior to entering seminary, I had spent 4 years at a fairly conservative evangelical college. Continue Reading

EHH Carousel“This is What Theology Looks Like!”: Participation of Reformed Churches and Clergy in Demonstrations in Ferguson, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty

The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, since 2014 and the churches’ response to them offer a noteworthy example of churches practicing creative resistance. Intertwined and complex dynamics of racism, inequalities in wealth, the chronic instability created by the perpetual impoverishment of individuals and communities, the injustice of the criminal justice system, and creative collaborative resistance are illumined by this case. You have undoubtedly read or seen news regarding the shooting and killing on August 9, 2014, of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American young man. Brown was staying with his grandmother during the summer and on that day in August walked to a neighborhood convenience mart with a friend. Continue Reading

Gradye CarouselCalling Each Other ‘In’: Racial Justice and the PC(USA), Interview with Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons

I think part of what it means to be Presbyterian has to do with leadership development. It comes out of the way we govern ourselves, out of our understanding we empower people. It’s part of the core of who we are. As a result, if you look at the leadership of many communities, you’ll find a Presbyterian in leadership one way or another. Part of the reason we got to be in leadership has to do with our own whiteness and the power attributed to that, whether we sought that or not. To the extent that we have been in leadership in our communities, we have led those communities to develop in a certain way, and we have to take responsibility for that. Continue Reading

 

Check back each day for new articles from the following authors…

  • Tony de la Rosa
  • Sera Chung
  • Alonzo Johnson
  • Alex Patchin McNeill
  • Chris Iosso
  • James Foster Reese