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  • Consortium and its Members Engage Racial Justice Struggle

    Recent statements and resources bespeak commitments to anti-racism work

    June 21, 2020 | By lgolemon
    Categories: Public, Executive Director

    The Council of Deans of the Washington Theological Consortium will hold a Faculties’ Convocation this fall on “Toward Anti Racist Theology and Practice: Transforming our Teaching.” This is a theological and practical engagement in the critique and re-framing of theological education to engage white privilege and supremacy head on, and to explore new ways to form spiritual leaders who can engage faithfully in anti-racist work. Our diversity in Catholic, mainline Protestant, Evangelical, and Historic Black theological schools makes this a unique and promising endeavor.

    In the meantime, almost all of the Consortium schools and members have made statements and pledged to work on these issues during this turning point in race-relations and justice work. Here are links to many of those statements and related resource materials.

    Catholic University of America:

    University Chaplain Offers Prayer for Justice and Equality: What Will Be the Images and Voices We Remember? (June 1, 2020)

    Howard University School of Divinity

    HUSD Response to Pandemics: Covid-19 and Racism

    Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

    “In Breath and In Fire” – ICJS News (June 2, 2020)

    John Leland Center for Theological Studies

    Statement from President William Smith & Samuel Feemster, Director of the Institute for Justice Formation (on the JLC Facebook page) (May 30, 2020)

    Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at Dominican House of Studies

    from the website of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph:

    Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University

    Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and Richmond Protest – May 30, 2020

    United Lutheran Seminary

    ULS Faculty Statement regarding George Floyd, Racism, and White Supremacy – June 4, 2020

    Virginia Theological Seminary

    Statement from the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., Dean and President – June 1, 2020

    Wesley Theological Seminary

    “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” – A message from President David McAllister-Wilson – June 26, 2020