A Symposium on Racism, White Supremacy, and the Church

Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night [Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]

In these final few weeks before the election, we at Daily Theology are proud to offer a series of essays on one of the most vital aspects that should influence our vote. Beginning this Tuesday, October 12, Daily Theology will host essays from scholars, pastors, students, and ministers on a wide range of topics related to issues of racism, white supremacy, and injustice within the Church.

We hope these essays give our readers strength, hope, and new approaches. We hope they also inspire you to share them with others who may not yet be aware of the troubling interconnectedness of racism, white supremacy, and Christianity.

Christianity did not begin racist and need not be racist, but like any ideological movement, Christianity can be wielded and warped as a weapon in the cruelest of ways. It is not an accident that Trump uses racist language and embraces conservative Christians, and it is not surprising that a shocking number of Trump-supporting Catholics, as Eric Martin reminded us in June, have embraced the language of white supremacy while working openly against Pope Francis. There is so much work yet to be done.

So please join us over the next three weeks as we offer a small contribution to this holy work. Sign up for our email list below and watch for essays from writers like Ken Homan SJ, Marjorie Corbman, Dave de la Fuente, Benjamin Van Dyne, Alexandra Griffin, Brianne Jacobs, Curtis Baxter, Paul Louis Metzger, Kevin Brown, Heather DuBois, Marcus Mescher, Kim Lymore, Kelly Schmidt, William Critchley-Menor SJ, John Slattery, Kathleen Bellow, Eric Styles, Rufus Burnet, and Steven Battin!

As always, if you’d like to contribute your own thoughts, before or after the election, please email us at dailytheo@gmail.com.