Confronting Racism Through Preaching: A Conversation

Racism is an ever-present problem around the world, in North America, and in the United States. Addressing its historical, contemporary, and future injury requires a credible and compelling witness of the Church. Essential to this work is preaching that confronts racism.

My friend David Emmanuel Goatley director of the Office of Black Church Studies and I will host a series of online conversations with Duke Divinity School alumni around this critical calling for the Church today and in the future.

The conversations will look at how pastors, particularly in predominately while congregations, can speak honestly and faithfully, hopefully and redemptively, about the sin of white supremacy, as well identify some of the pitfalls and possibilities, challenges and opportunities, of allowing the Gospel to speak to American’s racial past and present.

In addition, Duke Divinity alumni will be brought into the conversation. There will be opportunities for interaction with online participants.

Registration is not required, and there will be only 500 online seats available immediately prior to each conversation.

The conversations will be held at 7:00 p.m. via this Zoom link on:

  • September 29, 2020
  • October 13, 2020 
  • October 27, 2020. 

2 thoughts on “Confronting Racism Through Preaching: A Conversation

  1. I find it far more illuminating and advancing fresh understanding to speak and to think in terms of the sin of supremacy rather than isolating white from everybody and everything else thereby laying the ground work for an anti-supremacy that is not able to recognize itself. Perhaps St. Paul’s first letter to the the church in Corinth is worth advancing backward to get a fresh old look at how to go forward. Barth’s commentary on first Corinthians after all, has been said to be a “land mine waiting for the church to step on”. I found I heartily agree.


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