Ep. 3: Church, Race and Justice: 3 words nobody wants in the same sentence

In week 3 of a 4-part series for Black History Month, this week Kristen explores the challenging intersection of church, race, and justice. Beginning with a personal journey of unexpected podcast timing due to a semester off from theology studies, Kristen acknowledges the discomfort and complexity of the topic. Drawing on biblical narratives of justice and the writings of scholars like Obery M. Hendricks Jr. and James H. Cone, the episode delves into the historical ties between Christianity, nationalism, and racism, particularly evident in the era of lynching. Despite the painful history, Kristen emphasizes the importance of acknowledging it to move towards healing and true justice. This episode also reflects on the resilience of African Americans, particularly expressed through music, both as a means of lament and hope. Lastly, it challenges modern multicultural churches to engage with the full spectrum of the black experience and to embody the justice-seeking Jesus. The episode concludes with an invitation for listeners to continue learning and engaging with the topic, promising a follow-up episode on actionable steps.

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