Submit your questions for a special "Ask Me Anything" article this week
Loving these questions, folks! So excited to respond to as many as I can. Keep them coming!
The “New Antisemitism” and the Logic of Whiteness by Megan Wachspress connected the strong pro-Palestinian response of white liberals to avoiding facing our own complicity. She also suggests that the strong assertions that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism are rooted in an attempt to cling to Whiteness. She uses some of James Baldwin's thoughts are a launching pad.
Do you think this is a fair representation of Baldwin? Does her analysis of the situation resonate with you based on your expertise on the issues of race and power in the US? Given your skill and character in framing things in a graceful yet challenging way, you have any suggestions on how to broach these topics with people close to us?
Grace and Peace!
Can you explore “honor thy parents”? What’s “Biblical” (READ: God intended understanding of ‘honoring’) vs. “cultural” (READ: “European” or ‘authoritarian’ or ‘Gothard-esque’)? I can find resources related to leaving abusive spouses. Also, the “leave loud” church-exit series from you and your brilliant colleagues may have many relevant parallels…but I don’t know where to find “good scholarship” Re: when/how/if one can or should “cut-off” parents. Thanks!
What can people of faith contribute to social justice work that is advantageous over purely secular efforts? It seems there is a plethora of good work across the religious and non religious ideological spectrum in the racial justice arena and very often from non-Jesus followers. I’m interested in your perspective on what is unique to our position as Jesus followers.
I ask a second ? for whenever time allows. Do you have additional thoughts and suggestions for addressing the U.S. racial wealth gap (I noted this from your podcast with Center for Formation, Justice & Peace, I think.)
Any thoughts on the book, “Poverty, by America” (Matthew Desmond)? I finished book for Telosgroup.org Learning Corps discussion, but I’m still processing the book’s recommended actions.) You’ve recommended supporting Black businesses and elevating diverse voices--purchasing & reading books by diverse authors too. I’d like to learn more. Thanks!
I enjoyed the video of you speaking about criminal justice reform. Please tell us more about your work in that area as well as reading resources. Also I'd love to see more videos of you speaking about...anything! Your passion and intensity are infectious! It touched my soul deeply.
I so appreciate your work? What are you reading? What are some recommended reads? I am new to this social justice journey and want to immerse myself in the literature. Thank you.
I've heard you share recently about the pain and loss you've experienced via those who were influential in your spiritual formation. That is a hard road to walk. How are you doing? Is there a way that you and your family can be meaningfully and directly supported?
I would love to know how the two professors, Dr Sam Joekell & Julie Moore, who were ousted unjustly from their Christian university teaching roles are doing now. Have they found new work? Have so appreciated how you raised what went on with them, and how you came alongside of them both. Thank you
In my denomination, the Reformed Church in America (RCA), we have The Belhar Confession as one of our standards that we adopted. One of the lines from this confession is this: We believe that "the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others."
This is not an option with the word "must" being used. How then can white Christians who seek justice (in the RCA)motivate other white Christians in our denomination to live out this statement that we have adopted? Any advice is helpful. Thank you!
I had to self-publish my book, Restoring The Glory: Breathing New Life Into the Rural Black Church. What is the best way to get traction with the support of major publishers.
What are you reading right now? What gives you hope? Thank you for the work you are doing!
What is your top list of biographies that you loved reading?
Hello! I’ve been wanting to ask: What seminaries would you recommend?
Would you like to come over to our house? We live in Louisville (and have lived in MA and AR) and have been praying for your family's adjustment to Louisville over the past year.
Questions (for whenever’s a good time):
Context: I got an email from SURJ (Show Up for Racial Justice) and its work in Louisville too. SURJ cohosted a webinar on 11/29/ about Christian Zionism (CZ) (incl philosemitism, self-interest; example of Billy Graham.)
Panelist Jonathan Brenneman identified as Palestinian Christian & spoke of CZ’s link with Christian nationalism (CN). I learned missions has spread a colonized-gospel so that CN linked with CZ is now transnational. CN now includes symbols of CZ, which I missed were displayed at the attempted insurrection 1/6/2021. With your presented concerns as a panelist speaker (I think it was with IRCPL, Columbia U., 11/1)
*what are your suggestions for countering WCN?
SURJ's 12/4 email included the KKK below & I noted its “Fight Like Hell for Kentucky” campaign:
“Just this past year, the KKK dropped flyers in town, and KPU members came together with two other progressive groups in the city to publicly condemn the Klan’s presence. We knock doors in the same neighborhood where the Klan dropped flyers, bringing people in through solidarity and community care, not hate and racism. Far right forces target communities like Ashland because they know white people are suffering and they hope to use that suffering to build their ranks. “
*What are the impacts on your HBCU, community, work, personal/church life, etc?
*How can we plant seeds of self-interrogation & address U.S. church’s complicity (again) (with WCN & risks to democracy?)
*Who are people & leaders who modeled challenging the church against seeking power through conflating nationism & faith (superiority)? I think your 12/6 post is a great example; thanks!
Dr. Tisby, your work is super helpful!