Narratives for the Next Millennium of Christian Justice Organizing
Who: Drs. Keisha E. McKenzie and Bernie Schlager, Revs. Ray Bagnuolo, Cedric Harmon, and Alex McNeill, and Matthew Vines
Where/When: Rolling the Stone Away, a historic gathering of Christian activists, St. Louis, MO (November 2017)
History is told through the perspectives of those who keep records. —LGBTQ Religious Archives Network
- As we tell one another our stories across generations, we learn how our predecessors survived past and ongoing trauma with compassion, kindness, and care. [23:05]
- Some Christian traditions have used religious liberty as a sword against other minoritized groups rather than as the shield against governmental abuse it was designed to be. [24:20]
- Faith can be weaponized, has been weaponized, and people of faith have the responsibility not to weaponize it.
- Our religions may have many faces. Our challenge is to learn from those authoritarian faces, to be and do better, and to live with kindness and compassion.
- As we do that inner work, there are more interesting questions than which of us may be incorporated into the world as it already is.
- All of us count as human, and our faiths must both teach us that and inspire us to live in the light of that reality.
- religious liberty and Adventist healing evangelism at Intimate Conviction, a Commonwealth conference (Kingston, Jamaica)
- inclusive Christian community at Room for All’s national conference (Holland, MI)
- digital strategy, storytelling for action, and congregational organizing at Creating Change (Philadelphia, PA)
- nonviolence and atonement practical theologies at Adventist Forum’s national conference (Silver Spring, MD)
- elements of the Adventist information culture at the Society of Adventist Philosophers’ annual meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- disparate impacts of climate change, climate justice, and the roles values play in persuading people to take action at The Task Force’s Creating Change convention (Denver, CO)