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Christianity, Racial Justice to Be Subject of Lecture at Church

Drew G.I. Hart

Correction: The print edition version of this article had the correct day of the week, but incorrect date for the lecture. The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

A lecture titled “Putting On Our Blue Jeans: White Supremacy, Christianity and the Work of Racial Justice” is to be given by Dr. Drew G.I. Hart at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown.

Hart describes the personal and systemic dimensions of racism, how racial hierarchy skews our perceptions, and how it touches our lives, identities, and our belonging in the world. Hart will couple social and theological analysis, and will make all of this accessible through everyday stories and metaphors. Ultimately, this talk will turn its attention towards helping faith communities re-imagine liberation and justice work in society.

Speaking about Hart’s book, “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism,” Shane Claiborne said the following: “This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in this country. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you — and our blood-stained streets.” Those attending the lecture can expect his talk to both build on, and go beyond, his book.

Hart is a public intellectual and professor of theology at Messiah College. He has 10 years of pastoral experience and has worked for an after-school program in Harrisburg, and in addition to teaching, he provides anti-racism talks and work-shops across the country and collaborates with local faith-rooted organizers and activists in his city. His book utilizes everyday stories, Jesus-shaped lessons, and anti-racism frameworks to transform the church’s understanding and social witness. Hart’s writing can be found in Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, The Christian Century, and The Mennonite, among other places. Hart speaks regularly at colleges, conferences, and churches throughout North America. He and his family live in Harrisburg.

The lecture is sponsored by Elizabethtown College Peace Fellowship. Hart’s lecture, as well as the presentation of the 2019 Dr. Eugene P. Clemens Award, is free and open to the public.

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