In Search of Shalom is a multi-month book discussion series allowing for examination of racial justice from a Christian perspective in a variety of realms. Participants are provided with a monthly reading list, including books, podcasts, articles, and other materials pertaining to each month’s topic. Participants will engage with the materials before each month’s meeting and gather to discuss via Zoom. We will also be hearing from various speakers who will share of their knowledge and experience on each topic. The monthly sessions are open to anyone who would like to engage in these significant conversations, including but not exclusive to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
November 15: Race, Justice and Education
Among other resources you can find on the Reading List, we will delve into Christopher Emdin’s For White Folks who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too, with Brielle Welch, former teacher and National Associate of Development at a teacher-led advocacy organization in NYC. We will join one another on Zoom from 7 pm-8:30 pm EST.
October 25: Race, Justice, and Healthcare
What’s wrong with the healthcare system, and what are we called to do about it? The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted stark racial inequities in health, that have existed for centuries. What causes these inequities? How can we address them? What can we do to seek justice and restore Shalom? In our second discussion in the In Search of Shalom series, we were delighted and humbled by both of our speakers Dr. Marisha Collins who talked about Race, Biology and Bias in the Life Sciences and Thurston Benns who shared insights from Sheila Wise Rowe’s book, Healing Racial Trauma. The information that both presented was thought-provoking and enlightening, and the Q&A and discussions in the breakout rooms afterward were robust and productive! We hope to provide the recording soon.
September 30: Race, Justice, and the Gospel
Our first discussion in the In Search of Shalom series! Let's discover and discuss the message of the Gospel and God's vision of Shalom, and the implications they have on race and justice in our context. We so enjoyed discussing Lisa Sharon Harper's The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can be Made Right and we were blessed to have Lisa herself speak at this event! We hope to offer the YouTube recording of this session soon.
This series is co-sponsored by Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) and GFM Pacific Area.