Pathways to Discipleship

For the first two weeks of February, we are focusing on Black Theology: how African Americans read and share the word of God. How might expanding our own view of God allow for greater solidarity and a better chance of reconciliation with others? 

Targeted to Youth Families All

FEBRUARY 7

Read

On the Assault of James Cone & Black Liberation Theology, Malcolm Foley

A Liberating Spirit - Center of Action and  Contemplation

Quote:"…[Christian theology’s] sole reason for existence is to put into ordered speech the meaning of God’s activity in the world, so that the community of the oppressed will recognize that its inner thrust for liberation is not only consistent with the gospel but is the gospel of Jesus Christ." James Cone

Watch

"Black Theology: How African Americans Engage with the Biblical Text" - Dr. Rodney Sadler [bio] (recording of class)

Religion & Violence - interview with James Cone

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" Performance by Alicia Keys w/Narration by Anothny Mackie 

Listen

Do

Choose a biblical passage and read it through the eyes of someone who has been oppressed. How does this passage call you to respond?

 

FEBRUARY 14

Read

African-American worship: Its heritage, character, and quality

Watch

"Listening to Our Neighbors: The Joy and Promises of Black Preaching"  - Dr. Andrew Scales [bio]  (recording of class)

Black Liberation Theology - Dr. Dwight Hopkins

The Black Church - PBS 2/16 and 2/23- Documentary with Henry Louis Gates

Trailer

Do

Watch a televised service such as First United Presbyterian or  Friendship Missionary Baptist and listen for ways God speaks to you.

 

OTHER RESOURCES FOR ANTI-RACISM WORK

Take some time to see, read and hear through the words of African Americans.

Watch

Talking About Race (7-part series from WSOC)

Unpacking My Baggage: Re-framing Racial Identity - TEDx

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time - TED

Race Forward - 8 short (~1:00) videos on what systemic racism is

Listen

Brené Brown with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

The difference between being "not racist" and anti-racist - Ibram X. Kendi

Do

Engage in conversation at the Racial Equity Town Hall with Dr. Eddie Moore Feb. 23 @8:30am-12:30pm

 

Sign up for 28 Days of Black History

Talking to Very Young Children about Race

BE an Ally (but let someone else call you an "ally")

Learn more about African Americans: 

 

CONTACT

For more information, contact a member of the Formation  Team:

REV. ROBERT GALLOWAY, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults

rgalloway@firstpres-charlotte.org

GARRELL KEESLER, Director of Adult Formation

gkeesler@firstpres-charlotte.org

NATALIE RAYGOR, Executive Director of Youth, Children and Family Ministries

nraygor@firstpres-charlotte.org

TRISTAN WALL, Director of Youth

twall@firstpres-charlotte.org

DELILIAH JANE PHLLIPS, Director of Children's Ministries

dphillips@firstpres-charlotte.org

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