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Theological Foundations for Transformative Race Conversations

Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Biblically Speaking
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show on Theological Foundations for Transformative Race Conversations
Episode 1 — Ethnicity vs. Race, Part 1

Spring of 2020 was a racially violent period in America, with African Americans being the primary victims of this violence. While there were a number of high-profile attacks on Black people, it was the killing of George Floyd that ignited an entirely new level of consciousness around the state of race in America. Conversations about the social unrest, fueled by racial division, dominated the newswires at a level that was nearly unprecedented. Against the backdrop of this national crisis, church leaders have begun asking a series of unprecedented questions, such as:

  • What is the role of the church in times of social unrest?
  • What does holistic discipleship look like in response to the problem of race?
  • Should churches directly address White supremacy? If yes, how do they do it in a way that doesn’t further exacerbate the division?
  • How does a church care for its Black members during violent periods like this?
  • How does a church both care for (but also challenge) White members during periods like this?
  • How does a church both care for (but also challenge) non-Black communities of color during periods like this?

The primary task of a Pastor is to lead their congregation into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the questions above can never be addressed in a comprehensive manner without first developing a robust theological foundation.

Join co-hosts Daniel Hill and Christine Chang, and their special guests, for conversation on these very matters. These episodes will help you to deepen your theology, transform your thoughts around race, and sharpen your approach to discipleship.

Meet the Hosts

Daniel Hill

Senior Pastor, River City Community Church

Christine Chang

Executive Pastor, River City Community Church

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Featured Guest

DR. john perkins

Dr. John Perkins has been married to his wife, Dr. Vera Mae, for over 68 years (1951). In 1983, while in California, John and Vera Mae, along with his family and a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development (now called John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation) for the sole purpose of supporting their mission of advancing the principles of Christian community development (CCD) and Reconciliation throughout the world.

John M. Perkins was born in 1930, a sharecropper’s son who grew up in New Hebron, Mississippi amidst dire poverty. His mother died of a malnutrition disease called Pellagra when John was only 7 months old. Fleeing to California at age 17 after his older brother’s murder at the hands of a town marshal, he vowed never to return. However, after his conversion to Christianity in 1957 and three-year discipleship, he and his young family returned to his home State of Mississippi in 1960 to share the Good News of God’s love. While in Mississippi, his outspoken nature, as well as his support and leadership in Civil Rights demonstrations and voter registrations resulted in repeated harassments, beatings and imprisonments. Dr. Perkins was again arrested in 2005 in Washington, DC while protesting U.S. Government defunding of programs aiding the poor.

Despite being a third-grade drop-out, Perkins has been recognized for his work with fifteen honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country. John is also a best-selling author who has authored 18 books including his classic autobiography Let Justice Roll Down.

Hosts

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is the author of "White Lies," "White Awake," and "10:10: Life to the Fullest," and is the Founding and Senior Pastor of River City Community Church, located in the west Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The vision of River City is centered on the core values of worship, reconciliation, and neighborhood development. Formed in 2003, River City longs to see increased spiritual renewal as well as social and economic justice in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and entire city, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God.

Prior to starting River City, Daniel launched a dot.com in the 90's before serving 5 years on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Daniel has his B.S. in Business from Purdue University, his M.A. in Theology from Moody Bible Institute, his certificate in Church-based Community and Economic Development from Harvard Divinity School, and his D.Min. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel is married to Elizabeth, who is a Professor of Psychology, and they are the proud parents of Xander and Gabriella Hill.

Christine Chang

Christine Chang serves as Executive Pastor at River City, overseeing strategic planning and administrative functions of the church. Christine is passionate about seeking truth through Scripture and through perspectives and voices across cultures and life experiences. Her journey is influenced by the immigrant path of her Korean-American family; she continually seeks growth in awareness and understanding of the system of race in the US, and its resulting impact on individual and collective identity.

Christine’s prior experience in healthcare management includes strategic planning, program management, marketing and communications, and consumer experience.

Christine received a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University. She is currently studying at North Park Theological Seminary, and writes a column in the Covenant Companion . Christine and her husband Brian are the proud parents of their two boys, Jonah and Ethan.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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