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Film & Discussion Series

June 27, 2020

Week 1

Systemic racism in the US: Historic Roots and Generational Trauma
(Summary below)

June 27, 2020
July 11, 2020

Week 2

Examining Racism in the American Church

July 11, 2020
July 18, 2020

Week 3

Ancient African Christianity and Black Christian Identity

July 18, 2020
July 25, 2020

Week 4

The Politics and Socio-Economics of Racism

July 25, 2020

Seeking Racial Justice

Part 1: Christians Listening

Saturdays, June 27 – July 25, 6:30-8:30 PM, hosted via Zoom

This event is a 4-week film and discussion series hosted over Zoom that will explore the roots of institutional racism in American society and the church, racial trauma, and Black Christian identity from the perspective of our responsibility as Christian brothers and sisters.

Moderated by Jennifer Brown, Shancia Jarrett, and Michele Sigg

One Saturday in early May, members of St. John’s started to sense a “troubling of the waters” during the discussion of a documentary on revival and renewal in Fiji. There, unified Christians had come together in humility and repentance to pray for deliverance from evil. God had responded and healed their land. During the discussion that evening, one person spoke of her pain at racial injustice after the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Another felt convicted of her family’s sin of white supremacy and left that week on a pilgrimage of repentance to pray over former slave trading sites from Virginia to Georgia. This series was born out of those troubled waters and out of a desire to seek God’s face.

Week 2: July 11, 2020

Examining Racism in the American Church
Moderators: Jennifer Brown, Shancia Jarrett, Michele Sigg 

This week’s film is White Savior: Racism in the American Church. This film explores the ways in which racism and White supremacy have informed American government, religion, and culture since the founding of the nation. White Savior also investigates the historical influences of racism in the American church and the challenges of racial reconciliation. 

The film is divided into seven thematic sections:

Chapter One: What is Race?

Chapter Two: The Bible and Race

Chapter Three: Anti-Blackness in the United States

Chapter Four: Erasing Native Voices

Chapter Five: Intersectionality of Oppression

Chapter Six: Christianity in Black and White

Chapter Seven: The Problem of Reconciliation

Please join us for this difficult but necessary conversation.

For those who want to do background reading:

“The First Time I realized I was Black.” In “The Souls of Black Folk,” W.E.B. Du Bois talks about the first time he realized his skin color made him different. We asked celebrities, CNN anchors and reporters, and others to tell us when they first realized that being black affected how people treated them.

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