“PREACHING WHEN RACE MATTERS” Rev. Dr. Carolyn Browning Helsel
You are invited to join other pastors from Arizona and New Mexico for a learning adventure at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, Monday, August 1st through Sunday, August 7th.
In an era of #BlackLivesMatter, how can preachers offer a word of Good News that engages the pain of continued racial injustice? How do preachers understand the issue of race and racism in today’s society? This week-long seminar looks at the history of racialization, and how the Christian tradition has both fostered and resisted racism. Preachers will learn about racial identity development theory and how this helps to sustain long-term engagement in challenging racial injustice. Additionally, preachers consider the gifts they can bring to this conversation from their own histories and experiences, and together they will workshop sermons that engage this subject.
Dr. Helsel is assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She earned her PhD from Emory University where her mentors were Tom Long and Teresa Fry Brown. Her research on how white preachers can preach about race in predominantly white congregations emerged from her ministry experiences, having served in ministry on the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; and Boston, Massachusetts. She is originally from San Antonio.
Registration is available at www.synodsw.org. The total cost to attend is $100, which includes seminar registration, room (double occupancy), board and *transportation. Registration will be limited to 60 participants and is open to all pastors serving within the bounds of the Synod of the Southwest with preference given to those actively serving congregations.
Air Transportation and transportation from/to Arizona/Albuquerque Sunport/Ghost Ranch will bearranged by the Synod. Individuals opting to drive and who would otherwise travel by air from Arizona, reimbursement will be at 35 cents/mile, not to exceed the lowest airfare available 21 days in advance. Persons making their own flight travel arrangements will not be reimbursed for those travel arrangements. Anyone flying into ABQ who rents a car to drive to Ghost Ranch is eligible to apply for mileage reimbursement if he/she has at least three fellow passengers. For those traveling within New Mexico, transportation mileage will be reimbursed at 35-cents/mile.