Voices from the Wilderness: A Historical and Theological Dialogue

February 7, 2023 - March 14, 2023
Tuesdays, February 7th through March 14th, 2023, from 7 – 9 P.M. (Central Time), 8 – 10 P.M. (Eastern).
Free to students from the dioceses of the Council of the North in Canada. Enroll by contacting The Rev. Cheryl Kukurudz, [email protected]. All other students, (those who are not covered under the Council of North learning cohort), can register for upcoming courses through our LTh Web Portal: https://huronatwestern.ca/programs/theology/life-long-learning/

With the support of content experts of Black/African/Caribbean descent, participants will be introduced to the history of Black communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada; ancient and pre-colonial African civilizations; Black voices in the scriptures and contributions of early Christians of African descent; colonization, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the construction of the concept of race; the historic involvement of Eurocentric Christian theology and institutions in not merely enabling but promoting racism, and the persistence of racist ideologies in the church today; the oppression and resistance of transplanted Black communities in the Americas; Christian faith traditions which have sustained African Diaspora communities and helped them to confront racism; and an overview of challenges facing Canadians of Black/African/Caribbean descent in the present. Particular attention is given to the ways in which church leaders and people of faith, through practical anti-racism efforts, can support siblings of Black/African/Caribbean descent within and beyond immediate faith communities as well as seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace among all people, respect the dignity of every human being, seek to transform unjust structures of society, challenge violence of every kind, and pursue peace and reconciliation.