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Registration Extended Until September 21, 2020

Check out the Week 1 presentation on Racial Justice and The Beloved Community and Register to join us for Week 2 on September 21, 2020 at 7 PM EST.

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Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero

Week 1: Racial Justice and the Beloved Community

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC), a coalition of several thousand evangelical congregations in the United States. He was the former Director of the Hispanic Leadership Program (HLP), and the Institute for Faith and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written extensively on Latino evangelicalism, immigration, racism, and multicultural congregations.

Salguero has been named as one of the nation’s most prominent Latino evangelical leaders by the New York Times, Huffington Post, the New York Observer, El Diario, CNN Español, NBC Universal, and Univisión. He has served on the White House Faith-Based Advisory Council and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Salguero holds a Doctorate in Divinity from Eastern Nazarene College.

Rev. Daniel G. Walker

Week 2: A Biblical Framework for Racial Justice

Dan Walker is a founding strategist and consultant with CaminoRoad and serves as Social Justice Catalyst for the Wesleyan Church. He is an ordained minister and has 20 years of Church, nonprofit, and community development leadership experience. He is an adjunct professor at Wesley Seminary and is completing a doctorate in Urban Ministry Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. Dan is certified in both the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Cultural Intelligence assessment.

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Dr. Rusty Hawkins

Week 3: The History of Race and Racial Injustice

Dr. Rusty Hawkins earned his Ph.D. in American history from Rice University and is currently Professor of Humanities and History in the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Hawkins has taught courses on the history of slavery, race, and the American civil rights movement at IWU for over a decade.  Hawkins is the co-editor of _Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith_ (Oxford University Press, 2013)  and the author of the forthcoming book _The Persistence of Segregationist Christianity: South Carolina Evangelicals and the Backlash to Civil Rights_, (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Rev. Dr. Meredith L. Griffin Jr.

Week 4: The Praxis of Racial Justice and the Role of the Church

A leader with over twenty-eight years of service in ministry and community, Dr. Meredith L. Griffin Jr. is the lead and founding pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Griffin holds an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He is the author of the forthcoming book Manifest the Masterpiece: A Blueprint to Achieving the World-Changing Purpose Inside
of You. Dr. Griffin serves as CEO of Aspire and Achieve, LLC, a coaching and personal development company that helps couples, and organizational leaders fulfill their potential and accomplish their purpose. 

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Rev. Dr. Joanne Solis-Walker

Week 5: Identifying Micro and Macro Aggressions in the Church

Joanne Solis-Walker is a founding consultant of CaminoRoad and serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity Matters at Northwest Nazarene University. She is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church and has a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Development with an emphasis on Ecclesial Leadership. Joanne is a certified Coach for multi-ethnic churches and organizations and an advocate when it comes to issues about equity and accessibility. She travels extensively speaking in Spanish and English, throughout the United States and internationally.

Rev. Ronnie Farmer

Week 6: Systemic Justice

Ronnie Farmer Jr. is the executive pastor of Real Community Covenant Church, a multiethnic and multiclass church located in Marion, IN. Farmer is also the founding director of the I Have A Dream Preschool Academy, which is a dual language immersion preschool that champions racial reconciliation among children. Farmer received his M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary where he studied Christian Ministries and Worship and the Arts.

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Dr. Sarah Farmer

Week 6: Systemic Justice

Sarah Farmer is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Community Development in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Farmer also served as an associate research scholar and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and helped direct the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Sarah received her M.Div and PhD from Emory University, where she taught as an adjunct faculty and co-directed a Certificate in Theological Studies Program at a Women’s Prison. She is the co-author Raising Hope: 4 Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth.

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Mondays, 7-8:30 pm EST. September 14-October 19, 2020.  Via Zoom

Seminar Description:

A six-week, praxis-oriented introduction to the history, theology, and praxis of racial justice within the United States. Participants will hear from trustworthy and diverse voices to establish a framework for participation in racial justice and reconciliation work in their community.

Weekly Topics:

  • 9/14 - Racial Justice and the Beloved Community

  • 9/21 - Biblical Framework for Racial Justice

  • 9/28 - History of Race and Racial Injustice

  • 10/5 - The Praxis of Racial Justice and the Role of the Church

  • 10/12 - Micro and Macro Aggressions in the Church

  • 10/19 - Systemic Justice

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to...

  1. Describe the historical development and current complexities of race and racism within the United States.

  2. Identify the voices, texts, and tools that will be important for ongoing growth in racial justice and intercultural competence.

  3. Apply a theological framework for participation in racial justice and reconciliation work.

Recommended Texts:

  1. Emerson, Michael O., and Christian Smith. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

  2. Swanson, David. Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap DIversity to True Solidarity

  3. Tisby, Jemar. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

  4. Walker-Barnes, Chanequa. I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation


Early Bird Registration (until 8/31/20): $30

General Registration (after 8/31/20): $50

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