Theology and Racism
Hosted by InterVarsity Faculty Ministry
This course will be offered in three class sessions spread out over three months this spring, starting April 30, 2021.
This course does not presuppose a religious commitment, but is designed for faculty of all backgrounds who want to explore the Christian tradition and the resources it offers for human flourishing. This course builds on the sociological perspective provided by Dr. Angela Simms in Why Does Blackness Matter?” by providing a theological perspective on the problem of racism. We will consider biblical teaching about God’s identity, purposes, and actions in creating and redeeming the world, which reveal what is true, right, just, and good for human beings in living with God and their neighbors. The biblical-theological vision offers wisdom for anyone seeking racial justice and healing, and for those who are followers of Jesus, it offers a general basis for discerning God’s will. This course will provide opportunity for faculty to engage with the faculty presenters and one another in break-out discussion groups.
In Sessions One and Two, Regent College Professor/Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Elizabeth Sung will present essential biblical-theological and ethical frameworks to help interrogate and guide our responses to racist patterns embedded in our personal lives, faith communities, and other societal institutions. The final session will engage the theology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a case study in Christian theological reflection and practice, followed by a conversation about this theology in practice with UCLA historian Dr. Robert Chao Romero and theologian Dr. Jeff Liou.
Friday, April 30, 5:00-6:30pm ET
Session 1: Humanity in the Biblical Vision: The Roots of Unity and Diversity
Dr. Elizabeth Sung
Session 1 Reading Material
Thursday, May 20, 6:30-8:00pm ET
Session 2: The Good Life and the Good Person in the Biblical Vision: Seeking God's Kingdom and Righteousness as Jesus' Disciples
Dr. Elizabeth Sung
Tuesday, June 22, 6:30-8:00pm ET
Session 3: Case Studies of Theology in Practice: The Theology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in conversation with contemporary practitioners.
Dr. Jeff Liou and Dr. Robert Chao Romero