In about a week (June 16, 2015) Northeastern Seminary will be having their annual one-day summer Conference on Ministry. This year the topic is Power, Inequality, and Reconciliation in the Church, and the speaker is Dr. Christena Cleveland.
The conference is intended to explore how God’s people can respond to the forces of division, especially in a world that is saturated with inequality along social, economic, and political lines.
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, author, and speaker with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups. She has just been appointed Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation and Director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School.
She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (IVP, 2013), which won a 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award.
The one-day conference is part of a Doctor of Ministry course that Dr. Cleveland will be teaching throughout the week at Northeastern Seminary. The conference is meant to allow a wider audience to gain the benefit of her expertise while she is on campus.
More details about the conference, including a schedule and registration details, can be found on the Northeastern Seminary website.
Click here to watch a video clip of Dr. Cleveland talking about the topic of her book.
I think you are right on. Could it be the rampant narcicissm and worship of autonomy in even our churches are contributors? We call Jesus “Lord” but often we forget his Lordship over everything including church politics. We squabble while Caesar chuckles. Chad McMullen–First year NES student.
Christina also posted an informative series of interviews about the experiences of people of color on Christian campuses here: http://www.christenacleveland.com/2014/09/black-to-school-african-american-voices-at-christian-colleges/
Christena did a wonderful job at the conference. She was both personable and very incisive, using insights from social psychology to help us understand the divides in America today, with great application to steps forward for the church.