YMI Lunch and Lecture Series, 2014-2015
Dr. Evelyn Parker
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth – October 1, 2014
What’s on a youth pastor’s list of tough topics to talk about with teenagers? Teen suicide? Sex? Violence in dating relationships? While pastors struggle to find words for these tough topics with teens, occasionally race and racism surface when youth speak about interracial dating, hate crimes at schools, and growing up biracial. What is the tacit message about the church, the congregation, and its leaders when a youth pastor avoids talking with teens about race? What are best practices that maintain ecclesial and communal integrity? This lecture focuses on ecclesial, anthropological, and practical ways to tackle the tough topic of race with youth.
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