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Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

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7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Race and Ethnicity

A Bible study informed by the ways that African Americans have made meaning of and through the Bible over the past nearly 400 years.

Depending on the breakthrough studies of Professor Vincent Wimbush, this Lenten Bible study series assumes and promotes the wisdom of African American study of the Bible from 1650 to 2020. As such, it is a deep departure from European and North American biblical scholarship. This Bible study series depends on African American communities’ drawing from biblical stories, songs, resistance, praise, ecstasy, and poetry with experiences of inventiveness, slavery, family, work, trauma, and leadership.

The Rev. Hal Taussig says, "It is one of the most promising approaches to the Bible I know, has enriched my life a great deal, and is in significant contrast to the way primarily white academic and church institutions study Bible. It is also not primarily a ethic-focused approach, but rather a path that learns actively at the intersection of Bible texts and African American cultures."

Resources will be mainly from Wimbush’s "African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures". Sessions are March 4, 11, 25 and April 1, 7:30-9:20 p.m. each Wednesday in Lent except for March 18 and April 8. Taught by the Rev. Taussig, who taught with Professor Wimbush at Union Theological Seminary in New York for six years. This series is part of St. Martin's ongoing Becoming Beloved Community racial justice work. For more information contact the Rev. Anne Thatcher,  athatcher@stmartinec.org