Am I A Racist? Confronting our Blind Spots with Melvin Bray

WhenOct 06, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT
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Racism has been called America’s original sin. Its persistence is grievously on view as black men continue to die at the hands of police while solutions to this and other problems of institutionalized racism continue to elude people of good will. Why can’t we seem to eradicate something we easily condemn?

In this timely conversation, Melvin Bray will guide us in an exploration of how systems that ensure white supremacy resist change yet are also susceptible to change. Turning to Scripture, we will examine how the stories of faith passed down to us have been interpreted through the lens of white supremacy and used to oppress and deny the humanity of those who are “other”. But Melvin insists that better is possible.

To illustrate his innovative approach to re-imagining Scripture, we will examine his retelling of two Old Testament stories from his upcoming book, Better: Waking Up To Who We Could Be. A fresh look at the stories of two marginalized women, Ruth and Hagar, will reveal resources for healing and building inclusive communities applicable to our time. As Melvin explains, “The problem isn’t our stories, but rather the way we tell them.”

Join us live on Thursday, October 6 at 1:00pm Central for this important conversation as we countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election.

Melvin Bray (, @themelvinbray) is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator and social entrepreneur who resides with his wife, three kids and two dogs in the Westview neighborhood of southwest Atlanta, GA.  He is an active participant in multiple vanguard networks working to cultivate more sustainable approaches to a life of faith, including Faith Forward, Auburn Seminary’s MountainTop, CommonUnity and the Table to Action Project Atlanta. He is co-editor of Faith Forward, Vol 1 and Vol 2 (Copper House, 2013, 2015), which explore the growth edges of children’s and youth ministry, and coordinating author of The Stories in which We Find Ourselves, reimaginings of the biblical narrative that put the goal of beloved community front-and-center.  Melvin works to help communities of goodwill find better stories and scripts–better ways of thinking and doing–that move them toward beloved community ( His new book, Better: Waking Up To Who We Could Be, will be available in January.

This interview is the second in our series, Raven ReViews Election 2016: Weekly Interviews on 6 Crucial Topics.

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A recording of the previous interview with Holocaust historian Robert Ericksen, Lessons from Hitler’s Rise to Power, is available here.



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