The Student Center Foundation will sponsor a virtual panel discussion on “Addressing Racial Bias with a Spiritual Approach” featuring an ensemble cast of speakers on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am to 1 pm, Central time. This presentation will be hosted on Zoom and will include a panel discussion, group breakout sessions, and Q&A with the speakers. We have invited John Tyler, a teacher of Christian Science and former member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship; Dr. Sarah Fiarman, a former school principal and teacher who is now a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of several books; and Emily Smith, head of The Branch School, an accredited independent school in west Houston.
Racism and Christian Science are incompatible. So that’s it—there’s nothing to be done, right? One might have asked a similar question of Jesus who preached often about the kingdom of God and knew better than any man the power and presence of that kingdom right here on Earth. So, if God’s kingdom had already come, surely there was nothing to be done, right? Well, not exactly.
Christ Jesus showed the necessity of putting prayer into action in positive ways. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy puts forth a two-pronged test of all prayer demanding that we live “consistently with our prayer” (page 9). Frederick Douglass—a prominent Black abolitionist, former slave, and contemporary of Eddy’s—once said, “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
From sports figures to politicians, people across the country are talking about racial justice. Many are holding talks and conferences, protests and vigils. I believe Christian Scientists have a unique perspective to offer. We know we are one human family, united. But more precious care and concern for every member of that family is needed.
Earlier this summer, Tony Lobl penned an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel titled Are we consenting to equality? He wrote, “If we have seen change come to our own lives through praying . . . it’s the loving thing to do to bring this same healing prayer to bear on these wider issues.” Many are crying out for justice and further demonstration of racial equality and fairness. We encourage all readers to take a close look at Tony’s article as we work together to address these issues spiritually. We have also curated a list of other periodical articles that would be useful to review in advance.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the event as this will help us better plan the group breakout sessions. Access details for the Zoom meeting are posted below.
The goal of this event will be to enlighten, empower, and engage each attendee, equipping you with the spiritual tools you need to help address racial bias within your homes and communities. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.
- Are we consenting to equality? by Tony Lobl. From the August 17, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
- From racial profiling to ‘You are my brother’ by Kwadjo Boaitey. From the March 7, 2011 issues of the Christian Science Sentinel.
- The antidote to systemic racism: Spiritual oneness by Kim Crooks Korinek. From the September 28, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
Zoom Access Details
The Student Center Foundation is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Addressing Racial Bias with a Spiritual Approach
Time: Nov 7, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 884 7818 4354
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