Preaching about Racism in an Era of CRT Bans

March 1, 2023 : 10:00 - 11:30 am by Zoom

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Since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, more preachers and congregations have felt the urgency of eradicating racism. At the same time, politicians in at least 36 states have put forth legislation to ban all discussions of racism in K-12 education, calling such all conversations “Critical Race Theory” and suggesting they do more harm than good. This presentation will help preachers understand the history behind the anti-CRT movement and how to navigate conversations about racism as a sin we must continue to confront as Christians and as a society.

Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel is Associate Professor in the Blair Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the author of Anxious to Talk about It (2nd Edition, 2021), and Preaching about Racism (2018). She is the co-author of The ABCs of Diversity with Y. Joy Harris-Smith, and The Flawed Family of God: Stories of the Imperfect Families of God with biblical scholar Song-Mi Suzie Park. Helsel is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and she lives in Austin with her husband, two children, and eight chickens.

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This workshop is part of a monthly workshop series on preaching, the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 am. For an overview of the series, Click Here