What does it mean to be a community that creates such a warm welcome that the flourishing of all who enter becomes central to our deepest sense of community identity? not just an add-on, never an afterthought? How does our sense of who we are change if we recognize that the welcome we long to create is about more than an embrace of radical diversity, and includes the call to create safe harbor for those living in a world where exclusion abounds? What happens when community isn’t a noun, but is instead a verb? Let us live into these questions together!
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is Professor of Religion at Drake University. Her teaching, writing and public speaking focus on encounters of religion with race, gender, activism, politics, and any other aspect of social life in which religion decides to show up. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, continually return to racial justice and white anti-racism. Her most recent book is Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press). She is also the author of Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation and Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice through Reparations and Sovereignty. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).
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