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America In Crisis: White Silence, Black Suffering, Protest and Transformation

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What is going on right now? Where do we go from here? The United States is in a moment of chaos. Communities are divided along racial lines, and there is disagreement and division everywhere. Protests against racially targeted arrests and killings, biased and brutal policing, and racist public policy are rapidly increasing across the nation. Many are feeling anger, sadness, grief, and confusion. How do we make sense of this moment? What must we do, if anything can be done, for change and transformation? Is there hope for justice and peace?

In this six-week workshop series, the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky wants to walk with you through these difficult issues.

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White Silence, Black Suffering, Protest and Transformation

What is going on right now? Where do we go from here? The United States is in a moment of chaos. Communities are divided along racial lines, and there is disagreement and division everywhere. Protests against racially targeted arrests and killings, police brutality, and racist public policy are rapidly increasing across the nation. Many are feeling anger, sadness, grief, and confusion. How do we make sense of this moment? What must we do, if anything can be done, for change and transformation? Is there hope for justice and peace?

In this six-week workshop series, the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky wants to walk with you through these difficult issues. The life and theology of Martin Luther King Jr. inspires the arc of the course as a pilgrimage of pain, hope, and transformation. Dr. King boldly described protests as “the language of the unheard” and prophetically asked, “What is it that America has failed to hear?” He challenged all, especially white America, to move from chaos to community through transformation.

Each session incorporates things like videos, personal narratives, readings, and action opportunities to wrestle with the suffering on display during this crisis moment. We hope to build community among participants through shared learning and discussion, and to provide guidance for furthering the work in each participant’s local context.

Approach

Weekly one-hour live Zoom meetings with BSK faculty guests, preceded and followed by readings, pre-recorded videos, action opportunities, instructor feedback.

Timeframe:  Tuesdays at 7pm EST, June 16-July 21, 2020

Organizers: Rev. Dr. Laura R. Levens and Rev. Dr. Lewis Brogdon

Sessions

Week One: Dr. Laura Levens, “How I Was Trained to Be Quiet (and What Caused Me to Speak): White Silence from a Do-Gooder Christian Perspective”

Week Two: Dr. Lewis Brogdon, “We Won’t Take It Any Longer: Understanding the 2020 Black Protest Movement”

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

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

Week Five: Dr. Mark Medley, “God Loves Blackness: Unlearning Whiteness and Building Habits of True Solidarity”

Week Six: (TBA) “The Transforming Spirit of Coalition, Community Action, and Change”