Kimberly Vrudny welcomes attendees to the sixth and final session on “Becoming Human.”

Video: The Blackness of God
Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Thomas, attempts to draw the series to a close by outlining stages of racial identity development, tracking the stages in lives of black folk as well as white folk. Then she discusses the “Blackness of God” by reference to a famous essay by AME theologian, James Cone.

Write a  “Letter to the Editor,” or “Letter to an Elected Official,” following the advice in the Community Tool Box. Think about how you will craft each section based on what you’ve learned in “Becoming Human.” What do you most want the wider community to know? And what would you like to see happen in the community as a result of taking in this knowledge? Be as concrete as possible.

Reflect on the phrase, “Becoming Human,” especially in conversation with Jane Alexander’s sculpture depicting three monstrous men who represent (according to Vrudny’s interpretation) “whiteness,” insofar as they participate in the destruction of black and brown lives. Is it “monstrous” (i.e., “sinful” in theological vocabulary) for a culture to bestow privileges to some on the basis of ethnicity, do you think? Is it “monstrous” (i.e., “sinful” in theological vocabulary) for a culture to bestow privileges on the basis of gender, do you think–or is there a difference and, if so, why?

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