Race and Religion
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This video is part of the course that Jim Wallis, Executive Director of Sojourners, teaches at Georgetown University on Faith, Ethics, and Public Life.
October 22, 2013 | It is often said that racism is America's "original sin." In 2013, we mark 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's momentous "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Yet race remains salient in American public life. This was never more evident than in the impassioned reactions to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida last spring and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. How is religion a force for racial reconciliation? How is religion involved in maintaining racial division? Does 11:00 on Sunday morning remain, as Dr. King lamented in a 1968 sermon at the Washington National Cathedral, "the most segregated hour in America?" As immigration and changing demographics have reshaped the religious landscape, how will Christians relate to their neighbors of other faiths? We will study important stories of shared history, theological similarities and differences, and aspirations for social justice that both Christians and Muslims share as communities of faith. Religious differences provide fertile ground for animosity and misunderstanding. Over the years, both Muslims and Christians have dealt with extremists who distort the character of true belief. Significant, intelligent dialogue and the development of authentic friendships across religious lines are key to deepening Christians' and Muslims' faith.
Reverend Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, and commentator on religion and public life, faith, and politics. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, a progressive Christian grassroots movement that advocates spirituality and social change in America. He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and a prolific author. His latest book is On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good (2013). Other publications include Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street â€” A Moral Compass for the New Economy (2010) and The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008). Since 2010 Wallis has served as a research fellow and visiting professor in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.