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 a six-week workshop series, the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky with walk 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. Community will be built among participants through shared learning and discussion, guidance will be provided for furthering the work in each participant’s local context. Topics will include, “How I Was Trained to Be Quiet (and What Caused Me to Speak): White Silence from a Do-Gooder Christian Perspective,” “We Won’t Take It Any Longer: Understanding the 2020 Black Protest Movement,” “We Know Their Names: The Power of Reading Black History Together,” “God Loves Blackness: Unlearning Whiteness and Building Habits of True Solidarity” and more.
To learn more and to register to participate, visit flourish.bsk.edu/crisis.