MONDAY, MARCH 22 at 1:30-3:00 PM

We are so excited to welcome author Jemar Tisby as this year’s Leonard F. Stoutemire lecturer in Multicultural Ministry! The in-person event will be limited to WTS students & employees due to COVID-19 building restrictions, but an online livestream will be available for the WTS community (registration is limited due to contractual obligations).

“How to Fight Racism”

Once you’re convinced that racism is a problem, what do you do about it?

Racism is pervasive in today’s world, and many are complicit in the failure to confront its evils. Jemar argues that we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping people with the practical tools to fight against it.

Tisby will offer an array of actionable items to confront racism in our relationships and in everyday life based on a unique model called the A.R.C. of Racial Justice. Listeners will be challenged to consistently interrogate their own actions and maintain a consistent posture of anti-racist action. It is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it.

Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as we embrace the implications of what Jesus taught his followers. Beginning in the church, he provides an opportunity to be part of the solution and suggests that the application of these principles can offer us hope that will transform our nation and the world.

Jemar Tisby is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Color of Compromise”, president and co-founder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and co-host of the podcast, “Pass The Mic.”

He grew up just north of Chicago and attended the University of Notre Dame. He went on to join Teach For America and was assigned to the Mississippi Delta Corps where he taught sixth grade at a public charter school and later went on to be the principal. He received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and is presently working toward his PhD in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.

Jemar and his family call the Deep South home and especially love the weather, people, and food! His new book, “How to Fight Racism” was released in January and is available now.

The Leonard F. Stoutemire Lectures in Multicultural Ministry are named in honor of the late Reverend Leonard Foster Stoutemire, pioneer African American clergyman and church planter to Holland, Michigan. Although originally he wanted to enlist into missionary service in Africa, in 1944 Stoutemire migrated to Holland, MI to plant the city’s first intentionally multi-racial congregation, the All Nations Full Gospel Church of Holland.

The lectures equip seminarians, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and local congregations with resources for increased intercultural competence for greater effectiveness in Christian ministry.