Zoom Series on Racism
Over the past few months, we have been having the important discussion about racism in America, and how we can learn to become agents of change in our own communities. Striving to incorporate a number of different voices, we have featured the following presenters in our special Zoom series:
- Asbury's own Teresa James spoke about Bryan Stevenson's book "Just Mercy" in June.
- In July, Dr. Michael Birzer, Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, spoke on "Racism and Racial Profiling from a Law Enforcement Perspective." Dr. Birzer was also a former law enforcement officer for 18 years. He is a noted authority on police behavior as well as racial profiling, and is the author of the book, "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _____!"
- In August, Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals discussed the book "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" and how we might deal with our own implicit bias. Chief Judge Arnold-Burger has devoted much of her professional life to speaking and teaching lawyers, judges, and the public on topics such as racism, implicit bias, and racial profiling.
To watch the video of Chief Judge Arnold-Burger's Zoom presentation, please click the following link: https://www.visitasbury.org/white-fragility-presentation/
- In October, Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram had a discussion with Asbury's own Rev. Lee Johnson about breaking ground as a woman of color in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Abram was the first African-American woman to become an ordained elder in the former Nebraska Conference of the UMC, and received an honorary doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. She has pastored a variety of congregations - large and small, African-American, European-American, and multi-cultural. In retirement, she serves as the Christian Education Director at Living Hope, a mission congregation in northeast Omaha. Throughout her career, she has experienced and navigated many difficult conversations.
To watch the video of Rev. Dr. Abram's Zoom presentation, please click the following link: https://www.visitasbury.org/hidden-in-plain-view/