Wednesday, January 29
Honoring Racial and Ethnic Differences

with Mona Ivey-Soto, PhD

Many of us grew up in churches where “white Jesus” was a prevalent and unexamined image that we believed and adopted whether conscious or unconscious. For many, this framework has guided our understanding of scripture and therefore our biblical worldview of self and other. Jesus noticed differences, honored differences, and actively disrupted power structures and hierarchies in a radical and amazing way. As his followers, we are commanded to not only notice and embrace differences, but to live a life that dismantles racial and ethnic oppression and promotes justice.

Dr. Mona Ivey-Soto is an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Belmont University. Dr. Ivey-Soto’s pedagogy, service, and research centers around promoting racial justice within the education system. She guides educators on how to utilize anti-oppressive, social justice practices in their teaching and engagement with families and the community. As an expert in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and race based traumatic stress, Dr. Ivey-Soto helps educators consider ways to create therapeutic classrooms for all learners. As a community engaged scholar, Dr. Ivey-Soto spends a lot of time working with homeless and housing insecure single mothers. She started the first ever mothers empowerment group at an elementary school in Nashville where 100% of students live at or below poverty. She is actively involved in her church, Strong Tower Bible Church where she and her husband teach a 12-week course on Racial, Class, and Gender Issues in the Bible, which will be offered at C3 in the fall of 2020. She is honored to inhabit spaces where her faith in Christ and her passion for social justice can coexist and connect in deep and profound ways.  She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from New York University, a MSEd from Bank Street College in NYC, an MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College also in NYC and a PhD in Special Education and Clinical Sciences from the University of Oregon.

Wednesday, October 30
with Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt, PhD

How do images either hurt or help us when it comes to loving our neighbors? Focusing on a single image from the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt challenges us to explore how photographs quietly shape our expectations of race and gender in ways that might keep us from recognizing the fullness of the image of God in others. How then can we expand our visual archives to see and love more like our Father?

Dr. Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt joined us from Covenant College where she is an Associate Professor of Art, on faculty since 2013. Her primary research field is modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in artworks that explore issues related to identity and corporeality.

Did you miss the forum? Watch the video below!