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The Awakening Series is a year-long journey of exploration and discernment during which all people are invited to learn about current justice issues. The series is mostly educational and is intended to create a deep understanding and compassion for those who live on the margins. It encourages a critical examination of personal, structural, historical, sociological, psychological, historical, and theological obstacles to the establishment of equity, wholeness, and fulfillment of all people (a.k.a. shalom).
This year we turn our focus to the human body. Every one of us has a body; and as part of our embodied experience, we receive and perceive everything around us through our bodies. While our bodies are a part of our human experience from the beginning, we (humankind) have an interesting history of relationship with these bodies. In this year-long series, we are exploring the historical and theological relationships of humans and our bodies. We are examining ways in which our bodies have been perceived as a problem (aging, illness, violence, imperfection, etc.) and ways in which our bodies can be understood as solution (wholeness, health, acceptance, relationship, communion, etc.). Throughout our journey of learning, we endeavor to engage our bodies in spiritual practices that help us to integrate mind, body, soul, and earth.
All are invited to join us on this journey of Awakening! God be with us all along the way!
Sunday Forum | 9:45 – 10:45am | Heaton Hall
This Is My Body: Why the Body Matters in Christian Life
In this Sunday forum, guest lecturer Dr. Brian Bantum will discuss redeeming the body as solution rather than problem.
Sermon During Worship | 11:00am – Noon | Sanctuary
Life Among the Bones
Dr. Bantum will be with us in worship where he will preach the sermon “Life Among the Bones” based on Mark 5:1-5.
TalkBack and Lunch | Noon – 1:30pm | Heaton Hall
Join him for lunch and TalkBack in Heaton Hall immediately following worship. Registration is required for lunch. Childcare will be available. Register through myMPBC.
Education: BA, Houghton College; MTS, Duke University; PhD, Duke University
Writing, teaching, and speaking on theology, embodiment, and Christian life, Dr. Bantum asks students to cultivate disruptive spaces of in-between in their lives and calling His teaching and research focuses on the intersection of theology and identity, exploring how the claims of Christian identity are illumined and challenged by the realities of race, ethnicity, and gender.
The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World
(Fortress Press, 2016)
In this book Bantum book offers the church ways of re-imagining Christian claims regarding humanity, human fallenness, and Christ’s work in light of modern race and racism. He argues that our attempts to heal racism will not succeed until we address what gives rise to racism in the first place: a fallen understanding of our bodies that sees difference as something to resist, defeat, or subdue. Therefore, he examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a complicated, racialized world, one that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies, thereby rendering all of us less than God’s intention.
Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity
(Baylor University Press, 2010)
Dr. Bantum’s first book explored how black, mixed race identity illumines how race shapes us and re-imagines Christian discipleship through Christ’s body as both human and divine, a union of flesh and divinity that remakes the lives of disciples into a new people, a holy “mixture” of flesh and Spirit. Mulatto/a bodies, he argues, allow us to look upon the life of Christ anew and grasp the depth of his work more profoundly.
Check out Dr. Brian Bantum’s critical essay on ChristianCentury.org:
“Who decides what my body means?” >
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207-2582
(704) 372-5150 - fax
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