A Conversation About Race, Unity, and the Church
Thursday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show on Racial Tensions
Episode 11 — Winning
This webinar will feature special guest Dr. Drew Hart.
Drew has three focuses that he believes are essential hallmarks of “winning” in the struggle against white supremacy in America:
Radical discipleship to Jesus refuses to distort and domesticate his life, teachings, death, and resurrection. It accepts the call to deny oneself, follow him, and accept the consequences that come from such faithfulness.
A Christian public witness rejects the temptation to privatize our faith to only matters of the heart. We are called to embody and make visible God’s reign on earth and to speak truth to power.
Christian solidarity must be Jesus-shaped. We identify and stand with those that Jesus did in his own day. We gladly link arms with those that are impoverished, vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized. How we receive “the least of these” is how we receive Christ.
In this webinar, hear about:
How the church can define what winning is and what it looks like on the diversity front
What is God’s heart is for his kingdom in heaven, and how close can we get to it on earth?
What are the obstacles and challenges that stand in the church winning in the area of race and unity?
Where might the Church be 5 years from now? What about 25 years from now?
You will have the opportunity to submit your questions to Drew during our live, interactive conversation.
Dr. Drew Hart
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Dr. Drew Hart
Dr. Hart’s dissertation considered how Christian discipleship, as framed by Black theologies and contemporary Anabaptism, gesture the western Church towards untangling the forces of white supremacy and the inertia of western Christendom which have plagued its witness in society for too long. As two traditions that emerged from the underside of violent and oppressive western Christian societies, he found Black theologies and Anabaptism each repeatedly turning to the particularity of Jesus in the gospel narratives, ultimately calling for an ethic of liberation in the Black Church and an ethic of peacemaking in the Anabaptist tradition. Hart finds the practice of reading Jesus not only for the Church, but also against it, to be a vital dimension in salvaging western Christianity from itself.
His work beyond teaching and writing has included pastoring in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, working for an inner-city afterschool program for black and brown middle school boys, delivering lectures and leading anti-racism workshops, collaborating with faith-based organizers in his neighborhood, and doing a broad range of public theology. Hart sees his current role as a theology professor as an extension of his ministry vocation that began with pastoral leadership.
Dr. Drew Hart was recently the recipient of bcmPEACE’s 2017 Peacemaker Award for his local and national work. You can find some of Hart’s writing at his blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’ which is hosted at The Christian Century, or you can catch him as he travels and speaks regularly across the country to colleges, conferences, and churches. Drew and Renee, and their three boys (Micah, Dietrich, and Vincent) live in Harrisburg.
Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.
Grant has written for Relevant, ChurchLeaders, The Gospel Coalition, and his new book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.
Peyton served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and interim pastor of the mega church Refuge Huntington Beach that has served as his sending church since 1999 when he embarked on a 12-year mission to Wales, UK. Originally serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s historic Sandfields church, Peyton served as the both the interim pastor, and helped them plant their first church. From there, he engaged in a replant of a Baptist congregation in West Wales, which grew and led to Peyton planting a collegiate church. He also planted a church out of a Starbucks which multiplied to three churches, and a church in urban Long Beach, CA, that planted two other churches.
In both the UK and USA, Peyton formed the New Breed Network, a small network that specializes planting in hard places utilizing 1st century principles. Peyton also co-founded Church Planter Magazine, the Church Planter Podcast, the Hardcore Church planting podcast, and the Ministry Ninja Podcast. His books include Church Zero 2013, Reaching The Unreached 2017, and an unpublished church planting textbook 2021, and he developed CityWide to train planters in collaborative church planting teams wired for multiplication.