Who We Learn

I should be writing about the attack on Jussie Smollett, but all I can see is that noose around his neck. So I won’t write about that

I have a question for the religious professionals reading this.

Were you required in seminary (or whatever educational institution one went) to take a class in theologies of people who are not white? Pastoral care with non-white people? Youth ministry with youth of color? Faith development in marginalized communities? History of ethnic churches/denominations?

One thing we who have theological education don’t talk about enough is how seminary/theological school curricula assume that the person in the pew is going to be a particular type of person. Namely white. [this, of course, is not true for non-PWIs*] Hence, because most whites do not have to read authors or scholars of color in order to be considered educated, the wealth of writing and research that has been done by people of color usually only gets read by those who go out searching for it.

Who we learn is just as important as who we learn from. Dismantling white supremacy in our religious institutions means actually reading and learning from those from the margins.

Who did you learn?

 

[*PWIs—primarily white institutions, in education-speak]

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