FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Miami Gardens, FL – April 8, 2019
Registration Now Open for “Straight, White, Christian & Male: Are These the Requirements to Power & Privilege?” Colloquium
Please direct all inquiries on this press release to:
The Reverend Dr. Anna Price
Registration is now open for “Straight, White, Christian & Male: Are These the Requirements to Power & Privilege?” the annual Spring Colloquium of the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary (JCTS), taking place May 2-4, 2019 at the Universal Truth Center in Miami Gardens, FL.
Power, privilege, and who benefits is a tough conversation. Dialogue erupts in heated exchanges which results into greater divisions. However, when one moves from anecdotal evidence to analyze the data provided by social science, it definitively concludes that ‘white privilege’ is a real phenomenon. From access to quality health care and education, to wealth accumulation, to ‘equal’ protections under the law, and more, ‘white’ reigns supreme in every category.
White supremacy, as an ideology, is and has always been the bedrock of the United States. It is the framework that has elevated one group while shutting out others. However, as America becomes more ethnically diverse, we are witnessing a violent and even deadly resistance, arguably even a “Holy War,” to protect the privilege and power of whiteness, specifically of white males. So how should we respond?
At this year’s colloquium, we are inviting theologians and social scientists to guide us in understanding power and privilege from the perspective of religion and social science. During this forum, we will investigate the relationship between [straight] white [male] supremacy and Christianity, and how it ties to power and privilege. We will also explore the social, spiritual, economic, and psychological effects that the political ideology of white supremacy has on the overall quality of life of people (oppressed and oppressors) living in this environment. Finally, we will explore ways to change this ideology and develop action steps that can be immediate and effective. Join us for this timely discussion and enlightening experience!
*Presenters include Dr. Will Coleman, Ph.D.; Dr. Patricia Ireland, Esq.; Father Leo Armbrust, M.Div., M.Th., M.Ed.; Dr. Joan Muir, Ph.D.; Mr. Chuck Collins, M.S.; Mrs. Tawnicia Ferguson Rowan, M.A.; Mr. Makil Hamin; and Ms. Paula Muñoz. Biographies are available on our website. (*NOTE: Speaker presentation titles and availability are subject to change.)
The Colloquium is open to the public, and participants may attend live or online. Admission is $50.00. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to ministers and teachers. Official recordings will be available to download via an emailed downloadable link up to 4-6 weeks after the event. Please visit www.jctseminary.org to register.