ONLINE: The Black Church and the White Church and Liberation Theology: Historical and Current Perspectives in America’s Current Upheaval

This discussion will look at the Black church and White church experience from the perspective of racial justice and liberation theology, considering differences in history, church organization, structure, worship, community presence, and how it might apply to America’s current upheaval.

This discussion will look at two prominent Black religious thinkers. 

James Cone (1938–2018) was an American theologian, best known for his advocacy of Black theology and Black liberation theology, providing a new way to comprehensively define the distinctiveness of theology in the Black church.
Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century.

The discussion will also include Robert P. Jones’ recent book: White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.

Robert P. Jones is the CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is also the author The End of White Christian America, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Donald E. Brewington and Jim Harrington
Feb 12 (F)
12-1:30pm
$45 (Pre-registration required)
Presented Virtually via Zoom

The Reverend Donald E. Brewington has served as University Chaplain at Huston-Tillotson University for twenty-eight years. A native of San Antonio, Don received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sam Huston State University in Huntsville and his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta.  Rev. Brewington also serves as the Church Relations Officer and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He also was Interim Dean of Student Affairs for two years. Don is a member and past President of The National Association of College and University Chaplains, along with several other professional organizations. Rev. Brewington is active in the Austin community, is an ardent speaker, and has a passion for working with young adults. 

Jim Harrington, a civil rights attorney of forty-seven years, is the retired founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project and former adjunct professor at the University of Texas law school. Since retiring, Jim has established Proyecto Santiago at St. James’ Episcopal Church, which works with the Latino community and schools in east Austin. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in January 2020. With Rev. Sid Hall, he is co-author of Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern: A Once and Future Meeting of Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and Moses de León in Medieval Venice. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Jim also has a Master of Philosophy, specializing in Spanish existentialism. He is a writer and has given speeches on his writings and civil society in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and around the United States. 

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