"Coming Down off the Hill": Roundtable on Race
With the historic election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in November 2008, people talked about change coming to America. It was implied that somehow racism had come to an end. But here in the Bay Area at the dawn of the new year, a young, unarmed Black man was gunned down by a BART police officer. Change may have come to America, but perhaps the memo didn’t reach Oakland, where an all-too-familiar scenario played out.
What is the responsibility of seminaries and local church congregations to combat the racism that continues to plague our local community?
Join us at PSR for our continuing conversations on race, focusing on how seminaries and congregations should respond to issues of racism and injustice perpetrated out in the community and across the nation. PSR President Bill McKinney and Alum Jim Mitulski will be among the speakers at this event, wrapping up the events scheduled by the Dismantling Racism Committee to mark Advancing Racial Justice Month at PSR.
Participants may bring lunch; drinks and light dessert will be provided.
Also see the related discussion on PSR's Betty's Bench online forum: "What is the role for a seminary or local church when an incident such as the Oscar Grant slaying occurs?"