Speaker Series: Community, Faith, and Racial Justice
Our nation continues to combat racial inequality in 2024, 60 years after the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto invites the wider community to an upcoming speaker series, “Community, Faith and Racial Justice,” that explores the role of Christianity, including the current white Christian Nationalist movement, in this injustice and seeks to define a path toward justice, healing, and reconciliation.
The speaker series begins Wednesday, March 6 at 7 PM with a talk by Stanford Professor and Martin Luther King, Jr. scholar Dr. Lerone A. Martin.
Soul Force: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Triple Evils and American Democracy
Professor Martin will speak on The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beliefs about the threats to democracy from racism, materialism, and militarism. He relates these to the government’s involvement in the white Christian Nationalist movement, themes from his most recent book, The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism.
Members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto felt compelled to create this speaker series based on their experience with the national Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community framework for racial justice, healing, and reconciliation.
Bay Area community members who want to learn more about this critical topic and how they can help enact change locally will benefit from hearing the experiences, perspectives, and ideas of these renowned authors.
Additional speakers are scheduled for 7 PM on May 8 and September 18, with all events taking place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto. Admission is free with donations appreciated. Light refreshments will be served following the event. The speakers’ books will be available for purchase and signing following the event.
Fact Sheet for Community, Faith and Racial Justice
What is it: A speaker series on racial injustice in America that explores the role of Christianity, including the current white Christian Nationalist movement, and in this injustice seeks to define a path toward justice, healing, and reconciliation.
When is it: The first event is Wednesday, March 6, 2023 7 PM, with additional events following on May 8 and September 18.
Where is it: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto.
More information: please email the BBC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenting Sponsor: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church – Palo Alto
Co-sponsors: American Muslim Voice Foundation; First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC; Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice; Peninsula Solidarity Cohort; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Saratoga; Saint Jude’s Episcopal Church, Cupertino; Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame; Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Mountain View; Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Sunnyvale; Showing Up for Racial Justice @Sacred Heart; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, San Jose; Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
March 6, 2023 7:00 PM: Soul Force: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Triple Evils and American Democracy
Dr. Lerone A. Martin, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr, Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, and most recently the author of The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism. He will speak on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s real life and actual beliefs about the threats to democracy of racism, materialism and militarism and will tie that into themes in his book on the government’s involvement in the white Christian Nationalist movement.
May 8, 2024 7:00 PM : Confronting Christian Nationalism
The Reverend Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Episcopal priest and clinical psychologist and retired Christiane Brooke Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. A prolific author, Prof. Cooper-White will speak on the topic of her recent book, The Psychology of White Christian Nationalism: Why People are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide.
September 18, 2024 7:00 PM: Challenging Segregation With Just Action
Ms. Leah Rothstein is a community organizer and the co-author, with Richard Rothstein, of Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted under the Color of Law. She will speak on actions that communities can take to restore housing rights and access to people of color who have been excluded from the financial benefits of home ownership, access to good public schools, more protected environments, and better community services.
TENTATIVE Winter 2025 A speaker who will discuss the role of the Christian church in harming Native Americans and Asian Americans.