Summer Session #2: Social Justice Institute: Poverty, Race and Sexuality


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The prophetic voices of ecumenical faith leaders became the catalyst for the Civil Rights movement for a ‘Righteous America.’ These faith leaders used their pulpits and sacred spaces to address their concerns for the least advantaged amongst them. The American society–founded on a hunger and thirst for religious freedom–was turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the marginalized people. At the same time, a group of leaders, spanning racial and religious identities, led the charge for equality. These interfaith leaders debated, protested, collaborated, and led the way to the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of July 2, 1964 and Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. These “Acts” brought us closer to realizing the lofty ideals of the American experiment, rendering equality under the law a closer reality for all people regardless of color, sex, or religious beliefs.

The Social Justice Institute aims to reclaim the role of the prophetic voices in public life, pulpits and sacred spaces. These prophetic voices are essential to move forward issues of social justice. This five day intensive continuing education institute is designed to train a diverse group of seminarians, clergy, and laity through conversations, lectures, worship, and fellowship. The institute endeavors to deepen their thinking and preaching through insights from scholars and practitioners on the issues of poverty, race, religion, sexuality, and theology.