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Understanding Christianity's Contribution to Racism in America
The Becoming Beloved Community Ministry of Church of the Ascension invites you to attend a series of three interactive lectures about the historical influence of the Christian church on the past and present lives of Black Americans. The presenter will be Dr. James Gorman a noted lecturer and author who will present his compelling research about the laws, principles, and practices that were developed in the past and continue to negatively impact the capacity of many African Americans to thrive and succeed in America.

You must register to attend these presentations on April 11, 18, 25, and May 2,2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Zoom. Dr. Gorman will help attendees to understand why Christians must examine the past in order to live more completely in the present. After the presentation, you can attend Coffee Hour, a small group informal chat session where you can talk about the presentations with other parishioners. You provide the coffee; we'll provide the small group rooms for conversations. Dr. Gorman's presentations are an important part of the Telling the Truth Quadrant of The Becoming Beloved Community Labyrinth.

James L. Gorman received the Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University in 2015 and the M.Div. from Abilene Christian University in 2008.His areas of research and writing focus on the history of Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement, and race and Christianity. He authored Among the Early Evangelicals: Transatlantic Origins of the Stone-Campbell Movement (2017) and co-edited Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity (2019). He regularly teaches on the intersection of race and Christianity in American history.
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