Time to Wake Up: Racism in the White Church

Waco, TX (and streaming online)
Feb. 16-18
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Time to Wake Up: Racism in the White Church
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Truett Seminary/Baylor University
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“Time to Wake Up”: Racism in the White Church

February 16-18, 2023

Truett Seminary, Baylor University

Live event/streaming available

Racism is not a left or right issue. As Kelly Brown Douglas notes, it is a gospel issue. If our churches are not dealing with the racism in our past and in our present, they ought to be. If your church, diocese, or organization wants to begin and doesn’t know how, we’re here to offer resources and inspiration. If you’re already taking some first steps, we’re here to reinforce them and offer theological and practical help.

This February, join us for the second of a three-year sequence of programs on confronting racism in the white church and seeking God’s justice.

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here?

Keynote Speakers:

Vann Newkirk, II: Vann is Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, where he writes about race, justice, policy, culture, and health, and host of the podcast Floodlines, a narrative series about Hurricane Katrina.  An 11th Hour Fellow and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Vann is finishing Children of the Flood, a chronicle of Black America’s fight against climate crises, which is forthcoming from Random House. (Thursday)

Beth Moore: Beth is one of America’s best-known Bible teachers and evangelists. Her Bible studies have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. She is the President of Living Proof Ministries whose purpose is to encourage people to come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture, and the author of the forthcoming memoir All My Knotted-Up Life for Tyndale Books. (Friday)

Jemar Tisby: Jemar is the New York Times best-selling author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism and of How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. President and co-founder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Jemar is an acclaimed public historian who delivers truths from the Black experience with depth and clarity. (Saturday)

Additional Speakers: 

Stephanie Boddie (Baylor University) will screen and discuss her film project “Unfinished Business.” Greg Garrett (Baylor) and Sean Palmer(Ecclesia, Houston) will again explore how film screenings and public conversation can lead your congregations—and your communities—deeper into work on race and reconciliation. Greg will also lead a workshop on racial mythologies drawn from his groundbreaking work funded by the Baugh Foundation. Truett Seminary’s Jared Alcantra and Mariah Humphries will join Sean and Greg in modeling worship and preaching dealing with race and justice. Beth Allison Barr, Truett Dean Todd Still, and Torie A. Johnson (all from Baylor University) will participate in public conversations with our keynote speakers.


The Eula Mae and John Baugh Family Foundation

Truett Seminary, Baylor University

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