Christ Presbyterian Church to Host Race Forum on April 3

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On April 3, 2016 Christ Presbyterian Church will host Racial Realities: A conversation about finding hope, justice, redemption, and belonging. The multi-ethnic panel includes an African-American, Native-American, Korean-American, and Caucasian-American discussing issues of race in America.

How do we find redemption and hope in the aftermath of injustice? How does faith inform our identity, regardless of race? How can we learn to appreciate and pursue different perspectives?

A multi-ethnic panel will discuss these questions and more on April 3 at Christ Presbyterian Church’s Racial Realities forum. From 4:00-5:30 p.m. several hundred Nashville residents will gather at Christ Presbyterian Church on Old Hickory Boulevard to learn from the diverse panel and spend time talking about the issues.

The Racial Realities panel includes Dr. Paul Lim, a Korean-American professor who teaches in the Divinity School and History and Religious Studies departments at Vanderbilt. Dr. Lim is an award-winning historian of Reformation Europe and recently joined the staff of Christ Presbyterian Church as a Scholar-in-Residence.

The panel also includes Pastor Thomas Hunter, an African-American pastor and the Director of Community Relations at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. Pastor Hunter serves on several boards furthering the cause for justice and racial reconciliation in Nashville.

Charles Robinson, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, will join the panel. Mr. Robinson is the founder and Executive Director of The Red Road, a non-profit organization that ministers in tribal communities in Biblically and culturally relevant ways.

The forum also features Pastor Richie Sessions, a Cacuasian-American pastor who leads the Reformed University Fellowship ministry at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Brandi Kellett of Lipscomb University will interview the Racial Realities panel before opening the floor for questions from the audience.

The goal of Racial Realities can be summed up with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior:

“The whole concept of the Imago Dei…the "Image of God," is the idea that all men have something within them that God injected…and this gives him a uniqueness, it gives him worth, it gives him dignity. And we must never forget this as a nation: there are no gradations in the Image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God's keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the Image of God. One day we will learn that. We will know one day that God made us to live together as brothers and to respect the dignity and worth of every man.”

Registration for the Racial Realities forum is free, and tickets are available online through Eventbrite. Childcare is available for children 12 and under. Find out more information at christpres.org.

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