On the anniversary of George Floyd's death, Christian scholars, ministers, and activists ponder, lament, and assess the meaning of a transformative year.
How has it changed us, and where does the church go from here?
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(Ph.D., Purdue University) is associate professor of communication at Wheaton College where he researches and teaches on the intersections of race, politics, and popular culture. Currently, he is in the final stages of completing his first scholarly book, an extended study of the future of Black political rhetoric in the 21st century. He was recently named a Civil Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute and Anti-Defamation League. In this two-year fellowship, Theon will study community-based strategies for promoting civic dialogue in an age of division with the ultimate goal of developing a venture to promote civic dialogue and justice in local communities. Theon is also a cohost of From the Underside, a new podcast coming soon from Christianity Today.
NOEMI VEGA QUIÑONES
is a PhD student in religion and theological ethics at Southern Methodist University where she is studying Christology, race, borderland epistemology, and dialogues across difference. Noemi's immigrant and ministry background fuel her academic interests. She currently serves on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Latino Fellowship department. Noemi is a coauthor of Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence.
REV. CECILIA J. WILLIAMS
(MDiv, Bethel Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). She is passionate about connecting the ministry of local churches and neighboring community organizations with the physical, social, structural, and spiritual needs of the communities in which they are planted. Prior to leading CCDA, Cecilia enjoyed a successful career in corporate banking and investment management before stepping into full-time ministry roles, including pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis and executive minister of the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. She and her husband, Troy, have two adult children and reside in Minneapolis.
KIMANI "KIKI" FRANCOIS
is a writer, poet, rhetorician, and Theo-Activist. She graduated from Wheaton College in May of 2019 with a degree in Communication with a concentration in Rhetoric and Culture. She is a Master of Divinity Candidate at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her area of focus includes theology, ethics, social justice, Black womanhood, and clergy leadership. She is the host of a successful podcast, Kiki’s Korner: Where Biblical Principles Meet Culture.
is the state strategies director for Faith in Action. In 2015, he joined a team at Crossroads Church in Cincinnati to develop Undivided, a racial reconciliation program that has engaged over 5,000 people since 2016. Prior to that, he served as lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati. Jackson holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Kentucky. He's the author of Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Amanda, and their three children, Jacob, Emma and Ellie.
EMMETT G. PRICE III
is one of the nation’s leading experts on music of the African Diaspora, Christian worship, and the Black Christian experience. A well-regarded scholar, educator, and public theologian. Dr. Price received a BA in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned both his MA and PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also obtained an M.A. in urban ministry leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Currently, he serves as Professor of Worship, Church & Culture and founding executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell. He is also founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in the Allston neighborhood of Boston.
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