“Normal” speech is determined by our families and local communities. Our assumptions about verbal communication are challenged and expanded when we enter new environments – this is especially true of our educational journeys. In college and seminary, we gain a new theological lexicon and are faced with the challenge of communicating the gospel “down home” and “on [...]
Bagged Lunch Series: Ministering in the #MeToo Era & How All Christians Should Respond to Sexual Abuse
There is never a lack of news that either makes our day or makes our day worse. Whether good or bad, we tend to share news within our circle of friends which are likely to be people who look or think like us. While this is not inherently wrong it could be enabling our blind spots. [...]
It’s often the case that the hidden figures of history turn out to be pillars on which we stand. This reality was brought to the forefront in recent years through movies like "Hidden Figures" where many learned for the first time that the first successful American orbit around the moon in 1969 was indebted to the [...]
The Black Power Movement in the late sixties sought to ascribe dignity and self-worth to black people that impacts all areas of life. The revolution liberated black people from the crushing effects of racism socially, economically, and psychologically by using violence if necessary. The religious implications of the Black Power movement allowed J. Deotis Roberts to [...]
Dr. Walter Strickland discussing with Dr. Carl Ellis Jr. about the question "Can Minorities thrive in White Evangelical Spaces?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtIcB4i2kIE
This reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass' seminal speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?' is closing out our Black History Month Spotlight with Kingdom Diversity staffers Phabienne Anderson and Courtlandt Perkins.
“I love the religion of our blessed Savior. …” (My Bondage and My Freedom) Frederick Douglass is a seminal figure of American history. His writing and oratory skill has etched his name into the annals of the all-time great communicators. While Douglass is arguably the most important black leader of 19th century American history due to [...]
This recap of the February 6th Bagged Lunch Series, Strangers in a Foreign Land: Immigration and the People God, is a summary of the discussion on how we can continue having further dialogue addressing these issues across lines of difference with Dr. Walter Strickland and Courtlandt Perkins.
Black history month is regarded by many as an ironic designation for the month of February. While the history of African Americans including their stories, accomplishments, and contributions are worthy of celebration, the existence of the month reminds us of the segregated historical accounts our societies operate under. When the American history timelines touted by academic [...]