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Black Christian Ethics – Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm$40
WWJD: From Baptism and Eucharist to A New Social Ethic
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) became a popular slogan in the United States during the 1990s when many believers of Christianity adopted this phrase as a mantra, a social ethical personal motto for living out their faith. Many Christian young people began to wear wristbands emblazoned with WWJD. Posters and brace-lets then and today hashtags, FaceBook and Pinterests posts, and tweets provide commentary on WWJD, implying how we should live out our faith and moral life. Social ethics involves rules or guidelines, framed by moral choices and values that society lives by. Ethics concerns moral principles that direct behavior of a person, group, or society. Some of the rules are often unspoken and instead expected to be followed. With changes in global politics, global warming, domestic and local challenges of homelessness, mental health, police execution of black and brown bodies, a shrinking middle class and growing 1% or oligarchy, and the enhanced and escalated hatemongering in church and state, what must we do? What would Jesus do? That Jesus always did ministry outside the temple signals that we cannot navel gaze or think we can do busi-ness as usual and never leave the sanctuary. This presentation asks the question of “What Would Jesus Do” in post-Obama, post 2016 elections, that requires social activism, if we are to practice our faith from a womanist perspective. After providing an overview of Womanist thought, the presentation follows with analyzing the following: (1) matters of church and state crucial for our awareness; (2) biblical scriptures that speak to WWJD; (3) selected issues that currently challenge the Church in the United States (e.g., mass incarceration; public education; domestic violence; health and health care, identity); and (4) offer next steps for practicing a sacramental healthy Christian social ethic.
Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, PhD
Dr. Kirk-Duggan as a Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School, Releigh, NC, and an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She has written numerous books including co-authoring Wake Up!: Hip Hop, Christianity and the Black Church. Dr. Kirk-Duggan’s current research includes: theology; justice; violence and religion; music; ethics, humor; the Bible and culture; Womanist and feminist studies; faith, spirituality, and health; women’s religious and leadership experience; pedagogy; rage, grief, and transformation; gender theory; sexuality, and popular media as praxeology for constructive and narrative theology.
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