Title: What Must I Do? Exploring Anti-Racism for White Christians
Format: Online using the Zoom plaform This 4-week course for white Christians explores what it means to act against racism in ways that are both intentional and theologically informed. During this course, we aim to:
- Understand how a racialised society has shaped our own worldviews, theologies and actions. We’ll also discuss ways to recognise racism systemically and engage with the outworkings of these injustices in daily life.
- Explore how faith and theology shape our understanding of justice and our approach to acting justly (and what this means for the Church).
- Think through the action required of us as white Christians with some practical tools.
Date/Time: Four consecutive Tuesdays evenings, the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of October from 19:00-21:00.
Cost: R 600 per participant
Time commitment: approximately 5 hours/week (weekly sessions with preparatory reading and homework)
Numbers Limited: 20 participants (first come first serve basis)
Facilitators: Jess Loizides-Pringle and John Scheepers Jess Loizides-Pringle is currently working towards a Masters in Education at UCT and has a background in Sociology. Through the years of working in social ministry, she has become ever-more convinced that the call to follow Jesus is also a call to pursue a life of justice. Jess is married to Tristan and they live with a cat called Loki.
John Scheepers is the Director of Isiphambano Centre for Biblical Justice and co-host of the Julle Mense Podcast. He loves strong coffee, good books, hip-hop, and Liverpool Football Club. He is married to Jo-ann and they have two sons. John recently completed a Masters degree in theology from Stellenbosch University focusing on evangelical theology and apartheid.
From previous participants (2020):
“This course helped me gain a deeper sense of how to grapple with the issues of the day through a gospel perspective. I valued the fact that a gospel lens was maintained throughout the course.”
“I grew in both my understanding of racism, as well as its origin and impact on society.”
“I was encouraged to realise how clearly the gospel speaks to these issues. And encouraged to realise that there are others like me grappling with these issues. Too often I have felt discouraged by Christians in similar socio-economic situations to myself who seem to have no issue with racism and injustice in our society.”
“This course has given me eyes to see what previously was unseen and given me a clearer context in which to make sense of these issues.”
“Engaging content and readings”
“Very well structured sessions and knowledgeable presenters”
“The course more than met my hope to gain a theological framework for understanding anti-racism”