Arts & Culture

How Racism Shaped the Church in America

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm | 14 July 2020
Online | $127

Over 5 weeks we will discuss how the modern American church has its roots in slavery, laid its foundation during reconstruction and was established during Jim Crow Segregation.

We will explore the origins of the Black Church and why despite the church-led Civil Rights Movement, the American Church remains one of the most segregated institutions in our society.

The class concludes with personal and organisational strategies to overcome the impacts of racism and ways we can develop more racial, ethnic and economically diverse congregations.

Class Topics:

  • Week 1 July 14th –  The Legacy of Slavery
  • Week 2 July 21st – What is Racism? and Who is Racist?
  • Week 3 July 28th – How is Racism Institutionalised
  • Week 4 Aug 4th – How Racism Shaped the Church
  • Week 5 Aug 11th – What we can do about it

Preparation & Introduction

Because people are at various places in their understanding of race and racism, upon registration, participants will be provided a link to a Pre-Class Assignment to be completed BEFORE Week One of your Class. It includes class learning objectives, clarification of key terms/definitions and videos which help unpack those terms. They will also have an opportunity to prepare their own learning objectives and some questions they hope to get answered.

Class size is limited to 15.

Register here


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