The Christian Imagination - An 8-week study series

The Christian Imagination - An 8-week study series
This event recurs Weekly on Thursday from Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Fremont United Methodist Church
2620 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97212

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Linda Quanstrom

Fremont UMC Offers Series on The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

Beginning April 19, 2017, Fremont United Methodist Church welcomes Brett Stuvland, former student of Willie James Jennings, to lead a study of Jennings' award-winning work, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, which won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion, and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America.

Jennings reveals how the Christian faith was an immediate partner to contriving racial identity (and stratification) and how it theologized justifications for this classification of humanity; how far back this theological framework goes and how it has threaded its way forward to our day.

The study Brett has organized will address the European origins of racial existence, its American manifestation, and the reality as expressed in Oregon. He will present a few of Jennings's own alternative, and specifically Christian, responses to the modern racial vision that seeks to tell the story of Gentile inclusion into Israel via Jesus -- countering the long-held idea that God’s Chosen People became those who were white (and primarily of European origin).

This study will augment and amplify the February 3rd event featuring Dr. Christena Cleveland (of whom Brett was also a student), and help us reflect further on her remarks and her own book, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart.

This 8-week study series will meet on Thursdays at 7pm, April 19 through June 7, at Fremont United Methodist Church at 2620 NE Fremont Street in Portland.

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All are welcome and participants are not required to read the book to attend.

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