CL.009 Decolonizing the Church: Building Beloved Community

Taught by Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9-30, Rooms 132/133.
Vendor: Village U

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called upon us all to “build the beloved community” of Jesus Christ. King’s vision for a beloved community came from the prophet Amos who said God yearned for us to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” For many persons today, the church cannot be the beloved community without first “decolonizing” itself. This means the church must intentionally seek out and dismantle practices, rituals, and systems that reinforce oppression of individuals and groups of people, especially regarding race and ethnicity. Not all “colonial” behaviors and systems are oppressive. The challenge is to discern and transform whatever prevents us from building the beloved community. This particular class seeks to build on the conversation offered by our 2022 Meneilly Visiting Scholar Kaitlin Curtice. Child care is available. Must register separately for child care.