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Founder’s Day explores theological perspectives on Black Lives Matter movement

Founder’s Day explores theological perspectives on Black Lives Matter movement


Founder’s Day explores theological perspectives on Black Lives Matter movement

The theological perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus when Lakeland University hosts its annual Founder’s Day Lecture on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Younger Family Campus Center event space.

Craig Ford Jr., Ph.D., an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College, will discuss societal issues such as racial disparities and the conditions in which racism manifests.

Over the past decade, the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted discussions on the experiences of Black individuals in America, highlighting systemic injustices including social and economic disparities, health disparities, mass incarceration and police brutality. These discussions have not only exposed the harsh realities faced by Black communities but also prompted national awareness and intervention.

Ford’s presentation aims to provide insight into the movement by exploring theological perspectives to foster a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith, justice and activism. He will pose thought-provoking questions to bridge the divide notably within Christianity and their non-Christian counterparts. The lecture strives to find common ground with the Black Lives Matter movement and individuals seeking a better world and the common good.

With a wealth of expertise and experience leading workshops on racial, sexual and gender justice across various institutions, Ford's presentation offers attendees a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues surrounding race and justice. In honor of Founder’s Day, in a time marked by division and discord, the lecture provides a platform for dialogue and reflection on addressing racial disparities and promoting social justice.

This event is sponsored by Lakeland's Ulrich Center for Faith, Ethics, and Justice, whose mission is to explore intersection between faith, ethical discernment and social justice.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity for the Lakeland community and the broader Sheboygan area to engage in such an important topic that impacts so many people,” said Ulrich Center Director the Rev. Julie A. Mavity Maddalena, Ph.D. “We want very much to participate in making the world more equitable and just, and drawing from the Christian theological tradition offers powerful inspiration for people of faith to do that.”

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