America in Crisis

White Silence, Black Suffering, Protest, and Transformation

6 sessions

A six session workshop focusing on confronting what’s happening, understanding what’s brought us to this moment, leading through possible paths forward, and offering resources for response.

Session 6 available now!

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* Please watch the video offered for each session AHEAD of the meeting time for that session. 

Week One

“How I Was Trained to Be Quiet (and What Caused Me to Speak): White Silence from a Do-Gooder Christian Perspective” 

Dr. Laura Levens

June 16, 7pm EST – Live Zoom meeting 

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PLEASE WATCH the lecture video BEFORE the Zoom meeting.

Week Two

“We Won’t Take It Any Longer: Understanding the 2020 Black Protest Movement”

Dr. Lewis Brogdon

June 23, 7pm EST – Live Zoom meeting.

Week Three

“We Know Their Names: The Power of Reading Black History Together”
Dr. John Inscore Essick

June 30, 7pm EST – Live Zoom meeting.

Week Four

“Did I Read It Right?: Reading Scripture and the Road Out of Southern White Supremacy”
Dr. Dalen Jackson

July 7, 7pm EST – Live Zoom Meeting

Week Five

“God Loves Blackness: Unlearning Whiteness and Building Habits of True Solidarity”

Dr. Mark Medley

July 14, 7pm EST – Live Zoom Session

Week Six

“Transforming Power: Biblical Strategies to Move out of White Supremacy and into Shalom Community”

Dr. Angela Cowser, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

July 21, 7pm EST – Live Zoom Meeting

Dr. Laura Levens

Assistant Professor of Christian Mission

Dr. Levens oversees course development and teaching for the department of Christian Mission. She teaches a Foundations of Christian Mission Course, exploring biblical, theological, and historical aspects of mission practice. She also teaches several mission elective courses based on student interest in topics like Social Justice, Global Christianity, Women’s Experience, Leadership and Wisdom, and Biblical Interpretation.

Her scholarly interests include Christian missions history, women in Christian history, biblical interpretation, justice and transformation, and theology and practice of mission. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Missiology, the Conference on Faith and History, American Baptist Historical Society, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Dr. Levens is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and is ordained through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She has served in various Kentucky, Texas, and North Carolina congregations and para-church ministries as associate minister, youth work, camp and retreat staff, preacher, teacher, and advocate for the rural homeless. She currently serves as the volunteer Children’s Sunday school coordinator for Central Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

Dr. Lewis Brogdon

Research Professor of Black Church Studies and Preaching

Dr. Lewis Brogdon has served in numerous positions in undergraduate and graduate institutions as a professor – Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and Religion and Biblical Studies at Claflin University, and an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Bluefield College. He also served those institutions as an administrator – the founding director of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, Provost at Simmons College of Kentucky and Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at Bluefield College. Brogdon is the author of several books including A Companion to Philemon (Cascade 2018), The Spirituality of Black Preaching (Seymour Press 2016) and others.

Dr. Brogdon is also a popular preacher, lecturer, and panelist. He has lectured at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Claflin University, and Radford University on nihilism in black America. He was the keynote speaker at a city wide Martin Luther King dinner in Dayton OH, and received an invitation to the White House in 2014. Brogdon is an ordained minister of twenty six years and has pastored churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

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upcoming courses

Additional Flourish Courses are coming! Plan to register for Introduction to the Bible, coming Fall 2020.