Forum: Spirituality and Racial Justice
Join us at Gethsemane Church on November 5th at noon for a course on Spirituality and Racial Justice. This course contains 4 videos and 2 readings. Discussion after each video will be led by facilitators Lou Schoen and Wyn Knittel from Gethsemane.
There is no cost to attend.
Spirituality and Racial Justice for Groups – with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
About the Class
Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to live in poverty. Black men are over six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men in the United States. Black teens are seventeen percent less likely to graduate from U.S. high schools than white teens. By almost any standard one uses to measure, black Americans are less likely than white Americans to have adequate housing, to have access to health care and education, to be able to avoid violence -- the list goes on. Slavery was abolished in the U.S. in 1865, and the Jim Crow laws almost a century later, but racial justice continues to elude us.
How should the church respond?
In this class, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry discusses ways in which Christians can work toward racial justice. He focuses on the spiritual elements of the problem: on the spiritual failings that lead to racism and the ways in which spiritual tools are necessary to help us build a more just world. He discusses racism as one of the many results of the pride that separates people from God, and fighting racism as a first step toward reconciling all of humanity. He also goes into ways in which "wickedness in high places" can cause us to view appalling injustices as inevitable -- and some human beings as expendable.
Bishop Curry specifies moral and social reforms to help us work for racial equity -- and offers hope that racial oppression can be conquered. With the power of God, an unconquerable and loving force, Bishop Curry argues that we can achieve anything; that no hatred or indifference can stop us. We hope that you will learn from the bishop's wisdom in this class -- and also that you will emerge from the class feeling that the power to achieve reconciliation between races exists; that success is possible; that because God's love empowers us, our efforts can succeed in combating the stubborn and oppressive social force that is racism.