Theological Formation, Contested Frameworks, and Racial Reckoning

R. Drew Smith, April 13, 2021 (Pittsburgh Seminary Blog) In the midst of America’s ongoing reckoning with race, Christianity’s role in undergirding and reinforcing the nation’s racialized societal constructions has received increasing attention. Theological education has had an undeniable influence upon American normative formation at multiple levels, having for centuries “served to inform the minds …

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Critical Conversation 2: The State of Black Health Across the African Diaspora

Critical Conversation 2: The State of Black Health Across the African Diaspora 24th April 7.30pm UK time BlakPak Critical Conversations. A series of sparkling international dialogues with leading thinkers from across the global African Diaspora About this Event Racism: The Real Global Health Pandemic? The word pandemic has become commonplace since the arrival of Covid-19. Before …

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How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife

By Stephanie Clintonia Boddie, February 23, 2021, (The Conversation) The Black Church is an institution that was forged in crises. Through slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the civil rights era, the network of places of worship serving traditionally Black congregations has seen its fair share of traumatic events. In 2016, the Rev. Robert Franklin, former president of Morehouse …

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Critical Conversations: State of the Race, The African Diaspora Across the Globe

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race in collaboration with Krik Krak presents BlakPak Critical Conversations. A series of sparkling international dialogues with leading thinkers from across the global African Diaspora2020 saw the world rise up enraged at the death of George Floyd and support the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’, but how much do Black Lives really matter in …

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Barack Obama and jeremiah Wright: “A fire no water can put out”

by Allan Aubrey Boesak, December 2, 2020 (Black Theology Project) Former president Barack Obama has a new book out, and it is guaranteed to be another best seller. In that book, he, as he has done before, devoted a page or two to retired preacher Dr Jeremiah A Wright. Someone sent me the pages from …

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The Hidden Structural Racism in the American Response to Public Health Emergencies

by R. Drew Smith, July 23, 2020 (Public Seminar) In recent decades, in reacting to threats to public health, the U.S. government has often resisted mobilizing a robust response until the dangers were perceived as hitting “close-to-home.” A closer look at what counts as “home” suggests that experts often assumed the term meant the white homeland understood …

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Ties that Bind? Emerging Race-Conscious Alliances Between African Immigrants and Black Americans

by R. Drew Smith, July 7, 2020 (Black Perspectives) The atrocity of George Floyd’s killing by police has stoked anger over systemic racism while also helping redraw geographic, demographic, and conceptual lines of antiracism advocacy. Encompassing young and old, urban and rural, and a diversity of nationalities, religious orientations, sexual and gender identifications, and racial …

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Many Days Late and Many Dollars Short: COVID-19 Institutionalised Racism and the Black British Experience

by William Ackah, May 22, 2020 (Birkbeck Comments) I watched my first virtual funeral this week. I and around 80 others joined the 15 or so people who were physically present in Bristol UK to say goodbye to an amazing woman. I first met this woman nearly 20 years ago, when I moved to the …

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